This Good Friday, as we remember and honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for you and for me, I hope we also recognize that we are blessed to see the light that shines through the darkness of this day. It’s important we acknowledge the darkness that Good Friday represents and the magnitude of all that Christ endured for our sins, to do anything less would be slapping God in the face for the wonderful, free gift that He offered on our behalf. Yet we are also fortunate to know that we have reason to celebrate because we know in three days, Christ was raised from the dead and now lives at the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf!
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’ ” John 8:12 NASB
I wonder what it would have been like to be the family and friends mourning for Jesus not fully understanding what His death meant, not fully understanding what He said about rising in three days and not fully grasping what His death and resurrection would mean to the world? I wonder how different people today would prepare and behave if we lived in that world of not seeing the light that shines through the darkness?
Today, even believers take this amazing sacrifice for granted. We go about our busy lives, go about making plans for trips to warmer climates, go about visiting with family oftentimes without even considering working in time for reading God’s Word, for attending Easter service or talking about what Easter is really about.
Reflecting on my time in Israel, we went to the place that commemorates where Christ was crucified on Calvary. It was/is a rock quarry and we can see through a glass window where the cross stood. This visual really helps me to remember this day truly happened, it’s not just something I read about in Scripture. I now can picture where Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane,
the route He walked to meet with church leaders of that day and the route He walked to Calvary and the cross that awaited Him after having been beaten to within an inch of His life.
The place that marks where Jesus hung on the cross, now underneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
We are living in dark times right now. A world that is confused, lost and grasping to anything that might make sense to fill that void we were all created to have so we would seek Him. The Bible tells us that things are going to get worse before they get better; that’s hard to imagine. It’s easy to get dragged down into the darkness of murder, terrorism and mayhem around us. Let us remember that the Light does shine through the darkness and He is right here beside us and within us. We remember Him and the sacrifice He gave for our sins this day, and on Sunday, we celebrate the Light that He brought into this world and the eternity with Him that we have to look forward to.
Wishing you a very Happy and blessed Easter!