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06 April 2012

Sermon: Good Friday Tenebrae

5 April AD 2012

Sermon Theme: Distress and Darkness

It Is FinishedSummary: The darkness that covered the earth at Jesus’ crucifixion visibly illustrated sin’s dark shroud that wrapped itself around mankind and veiled all Creation since the Fall. When God’s appointed time to banish the darkness came to fruition, He did so not by speaking light into being as He did in the beginning.

Instead, God fought darkness with greater darkness, extinguishing the light of His only begotten Son’s life on Golgotha’s cross. Yet even as dark despair seemed to triumph, the Great Light promised through Isaiah shown most brightly, dealing death a mortal blow, toppling the prince of this world from his throne of lies, and bringing eternal life to all who believe.


Sermon Text: For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”

Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony!

If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
Isaiah 8:11-9:2

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Distress and Darkness, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

Other Readings — The Seven Words from the Cross: Luke 23:33-34; Luke 23:39-43; John 19:25-27; Mark 15:33-34; John 19:28; John 19:29-30; Luke 23:46

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