Now it was not a natural phenomenon. It was supernatural. It was not an eclipse. It was not a sand storm. It was a miracle! This is what the Scripture says in Matthew 27:45-46, "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' That is to say, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'"
You see darkness came over all the land. What kind of a darkness was it? I like to think it was a darkness of sympathy. All of nature was sympathizing with the Creator. Here is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things. All things were made by Him. "Without Him was not anything made that was made" and now He's dying on the cross. And it's as though all of nature brings a curtain down, a curtain of sympathy, the darkness of sympathy.
You see when man sinned, all of nature was plunged into sin and death and now the great Creator is dying and all of nature is sympathizing with Him. I think too it's the darkness of solemnity; a very solemn act is being performed on the cross. You'll recall that the last of the great miracles in Egypt before that great judgment of the firstborn, the darkness came down upon the land and it was a darkness so thick that you could feel it. It's as though God is saying "My firstborn, My one and only is now going to be offered for the sins of the world." The darkness of solemnity.
I think it was the darkness of secrecy. The high priest had gone behind the veil to offer Himself in sacrifice. "My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?" This is one of the greatest questions ever asked and the answer of course, is because He was made sin for us. Jesus went through the darkness of Calvary that you and I might never have to walk in the darkness or live in the darkness. Hell is eternal darkness. Heaven is eternal light in glory. Have you trusted this Savior as your Savior? Don't spend eternity living in the darkness.
Moments by Warren Wiersbe