The Ninth Hour


Date written: 10/8/08
Scripture ref: Matthew 27:45-50

SUBJECT: Death of Jesus

TITLE: The Ninth Hour

PROPOSITION: The ninth hour is the hour of endurance, darkness, and death.

Objectives: To learn that Jesus endured these things so that we could overcome.


1. Read: Matthew 27:45-50

2. About the Text:

1) Mark 15:25 “And it was the third hour, and they crucified him”

2) Jesus hung on the cross for six hours.

3) When the ninth hour came, Jesus died.

4) What can we learn from “the ninth hour?”

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: The ninth hour is the hour of . . .

I.   Endurance

1. Jesus came to this moment having suffered insults, injuries, blasphemies, railings, and torture.

2. Why did he do it?

3. Hebrews 12:2 says that “for the joy that was set before Him he endured the cross, despising the shame….”

4. Jesus joy was our salvation.

5. He endured so that we could have eternal life.

II.  Darkness

1. Matthew 27:45 says “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.”

2. There was not only a literal darkness, but a symbolic one in the death of Jesus.

3. In Luke 22:53 Jesus said to his judges, “but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

4. But Jesus overcame the darkness so that we would not have to be subject to it.

5. Colossians 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”

III. Death

1. Matthew 27:50 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

2. Why did Jesus have to die?

3. Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

4. He died so that we could live.

5. Hebrews 2:14-15 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”


1. The ninth hour is the hour that . . .

1) Jesus endured the pain.

2) Jesus outlasted the darkness.

3) Jesus overcame death.

2. What hour is it for you?

1) Are you in a time of pain and suffering?

2) Have you been affected by the darkness and wickedness of this world?

3) Perhaps you’ve been recently touched by death or worry about it.

3. Jesus’ message in the ninth hour is that …

1) You don’t have to endure the pain alone.

2) That you need not give in to the darkness.

3) That there is hope for life after death.

4. Invitation

13 Responses to “The Ninth Hour”

  1. S.DHANANJAYA says:

    thanks brother for the lession , pls send me more .

    in Christ
    sullurpet cofc

  2. S.M.Vinay Kuamr says:

    Greetings to you in Christ. Good sermon on Jesus Christ death and the last minits. The sermon is useful in teaching. I appreciate you and praying for you.
    In Christ Service
    Naidupet Church of Christ.

  3. HC Sparks says:

    What do you mean, “Ref. to S, T,P, O, and A.”

  4. Kevin Cauley says:

    Subject, Title, Proposition, Objecitve, and Aim.

  5. among the denominations and the teaching of man we should endure what a wonderful sermons it is keep send us more with thanks
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  6. Jayaraj.E says:

    Fond greetings to you . wonderful sermon . it is very useful for Bible students and preachers.
    Thank you for your efforts for the His kingdom up.. Pls send me more if possible.
    Church of Christ, Nalgonda -District

  7. Michael says:

    A favourable text and meaningful too. GBU

  8. theleftykid says:

    I was touched about this sermon. It was a feeling of sadness and joyful feeling that Jesus joy is to sacrifice himself for our salvation. I’m a member of Church of Christ too and I stumble upon you website looking for sermons to share with this Sunday. Thanks to this.

  9. EK says:

    I praise the Lord for your efforts ,wonderful teaching material.Keep it up,we are praying for you and for your fine and wonderful ministry.



  10. Jerry Nafzger says:

    Brother Ek, thank you for your work in the Lord. Nice lesson. Blessings!

    Brother Jerry

  11. ransome says:

    Thank you. May God bless your ministry.

  12. Lukhoisana Rajkumar says:

    Through your sermon I know that God is using you mightily and I pray for that, praise the Lord. Its very helpful to me, thank you, may God bless you and your family, Amen…

  13. Bill Fallon says:

    Thank you. Do you know of any Commentary/Teaching on the Subject: “Satan had his ‘Day'; Jesus had His ‘Hour'”

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