It’s Friday! And most of us love this day of the week. It’s the end of the week and we know that we will have a couple of days off work. Time to enjoy ourselves and do some things for ourselves. You know the saying, “All work and no play makes Sam a dull boy”. Time to play!
While Friday is always celebrated, each year there is a Friday called good. I have a hard time with that. What was good about Good Friday? Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem was followed by betrayal, arrest, beating, mocking and finally sentencing to crucifixion, in spite of the fact that everyone knew He was innocent. And His followers? They were crushed, torn and so very alone. Imagine walking with the Light of the World and having that light snuffed out and taken from you. What’s good about any of that?
Each person has faced a Good Friday of some sort in your life. You’ve gone through things that left you hanging at the end of the week. You may feel like that today. You wonder what has happened to the happy life? Where have your dreams gone to? You wish things were different. It may be so bad that you don’t even look forward to the weekend. What can you do when you face betrayal, sickness, mocking? When you feel sentenced to a life you didn’t ask for? How do you live? Where is your hope on the dark days?
Oh beloved, every day you have a choice. To live in the darkness of Friday or to live in the light of Sunday. For although Jesus indeed was crucified, died and was buried, He was about to astound the world – He was coming out of the grave and that changed everything!
You too can live resurrection life. Because He lives you can put your Fridays in His hands. You can know that when you are stressed He is your Relief. When you are worn out He is your Rest. When you feel betrayed He is your Ally. When you want to give up He is your Strength. When you don’t know what to do He is your Wisdom. When it’s hard to forgive His words give you His forgiveness. When you want to run He is your Steadfastness through it all. Worries, doubt, fear, anguish all have to flee the woman who waits at the tomb for her Savior to resurrect her life and take her from natural to supernatural. And He promises that He will do just that – for every one of you. There are no exceptions, there are no favorites, all are favored, loved, cherished and cared for by the One who knows us most and loves us best.
God loves you and He’s for you – Jesus proved that by His actions, both in death and life. Rejoice today that even though it’s Friday – Sunday is coming! Oh so much can change in three short days! And you, beloved, aren’t just living for the here and now – you are living in the Light of the World and all He has done for you!
Psalm 39:7 “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; all who believe in Me will live even if he dies.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. KJV
Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain