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Good Friday Special Effect – Sunlight Vanished When Jesus Died

I began to wonder if we were going to see a miracle of timing. Would the light go out just when…

I still get happy chills when I think about this one. It was about thirteen years ago. My workplace didn't offer Good Friday as a holiday, so I took a break from work in the middle of the day and was attending a church near my workplace. I can't remember the name of the church, but I do remember that perpendicular to the altar were two very tall and thin windows. The window on the right was positioned in a way that the sunlight came in strongly and lit the wall to the left of the crucifix hanging immediately behind the altar.

As the service progressed, the story of Jesus' crucifixion was being acted out in front of us by actors with scripts. I was vaguely aware of the passing of time because the sunlight kept moving. It slowly crept closer and closer to the crucifix on the wall, until finally, at about the time the readers said, "Above him there was an inscription: 'This is the King of the Jews'", the sun had reached and was illuminating the crucifix. The light was getting dimmer because the sun had moved into a position where only a small slice of light was able to make it through the window; the sun was at a sharp angle relative to the window.

I began to wonder if we were going to see a miracle of timing. Would the light go out just when...

In a few minutes we reached the climax of the play. The actors read, "'And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.' Having said this, He breathed His last."

At that exact moment, the sunlight vanished from sight. I am not kidding. Several people in the church, including myself, audibly gasped in amazement.  It was as if we were being shown that the following verse was true then and it can true any time God wants it to be....

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44)

I was floored. The timing was too accurate. I felt as if God were telling us, "I am here with you, and I want you to know that. What you are hearing from the Bible is the absolute truth! Believe in my Son!"

It definitely had that effect on me. I must have told five people back at work what happened. Now I want to share it here. 

Bill Griffin
Royal Oak, Michigan

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Last modified on March 22, 2016

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