Deep Darkness Spread Throughout All The Land - Poem by Royston Allen
Deep darkness spread throughout all the land that day
as men nailed Him to the cross and had their way.
There full atonement for humankind was made
as our sins upon the Lamb of God were laid.
Sin divided the Triune Godhead that day
for as He hung there The Father looked away.
"My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? "
He cried when hanging upon that awful tree.
Alone, there upon the cross He bore my shame
and beneath the wrath of God He took my blame.
Then into the Holiest place He ventured
drawing back the great curtain as He entered.
And in that inner sanctuary He stood
cleansing this poor sinner with His precious blood.
A never to be repeated sacrifice
He made as my scapegoat and paid the price.
From the top to bottom the curtain was torn
as the penalty for my sinfulness was borne.
Now with reverence and awe I can approach
the throne of God without rebuke or reproach.
Written as prelude to Easter and based on Matthew 27: 45-56
Poet's Notes about The Poem
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? ' (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? ') .
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, ‘He's calling Elijah.'
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.49 The rest said, ‘Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him.'
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus' resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God! '
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, [f] and the mother of Zebedee's sons.
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