And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
This is Part 2 of the Devotional In The Dark. Part 1 is here.
Now look what we have found in the dark.
The Dark is Where Jesus Prayed
In the dark is where Jesus most often prayed.
Mark 1 is one of the first places where we are told of Jesus’ proclivity to go out at night to desolate places and pray. He would get up early, before breakfast – even before sunrise – and talk to his heavenly Father.
It is no accident or coincidence that Jesus goes out to pray in dark, desolate places. Away from the cities and villages. Away from the noise and confusion of people’s day to day lives.
This is where Jesus talks most intimately to his Father.
The Dark Is Where Jesus Saved Us
Something that we, by nature, do not do. Because the dark is, for us, a result of our sins. And our sins separated us from God. We cannot approach him to talk to him.
In our sins we can only stumble around in the dark. And that is a dangerous thing to do.
And Jesus knew this. Jesus loves you and me and knew that we were condemned to the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
So, first Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The Son of God put on human flesh.
Do you know what time of day Jesus was born?
That’s right. In the dark!
Because Jesus loves you and me and came to buy us back from sin, death, and the power of the devil, he knew he would have to go out into the dark to find us.
And so Jesus did! He ultimately found us and our salvation in the dark. Jesus was tried, convicted, and flogged in the dark of night after being betrayed.
He was nailed to a Roman cross at 9:00 in the morning.
At noon, we are told that it became as dark as night. For three hours Jesus hung bleeding and dying in the dark to save us who were lost in the dark of our sins.
After Jesus died, the sun probably briefly broke through the darkness, only to set. The Passover Sabbath had begun. Jesus was placed in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. The stone rolled over the entrance as the dark once more closed in on the world.
Saturday’s sun rose and set and nothing much happened.
But then, before dawn on Sunday – in the dark – the earth shook, the angel rolled the stone away from where Jesus lay.
The sun rose, shining its light into the tomb to reveal … nothing!
Jesus wasn’t there!
Sometime before dawn, in the dark, Jesus changed everything!
The Dark will be no more in heaven
Because time is short, let me take us to the end … of the world.
Jesus is even now preparing a place for us. That’s what he said he was going to do and now he’s doing it.
In that place – what the Bible calls “the new heavens and the new earth” – there will be no sun.
The Bible also says that the gates to the “New Jerusalem” will never be shut. This is to say that there will be no night.
No sun. No night. Jesus will be our sun, our source of light.
Jesus will be our life forever.
There will be no more dark.
No sun, or sin, death, or dark. Only light. Only life. All because of Jesus.
The Dark Can Open Up Our Devotional Life
In the meantime, what can we do in the dark that we still have in this life?
Very often, I read my Bible, devotion, and pray in the dark. I do this before sunrise, “in the dark.” What I have found is that when I can’t see anything around me except the screen where my Bible and devotional reading is, I am in an infinite space surrounded by God!
There’s no boundaries. There’s no barriers or walls. I know they are there, but “out of sight out of mind” helps me to just be with God, the Father Almighty!
God speaks to me. I speak to God.
Jesus taught me that. I’m teaching you that.
That’s what happens, “in the dark.”
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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