“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: 44-46
What day is it?
Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in Good Friday: in darkness. Stuck in a place where I feel weak and beaten down, stuck in my depression, grief or fear. The bad things in my life will play on repeat in my head like a broken record, and I’ll relive my pain again and again.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Resurrection Sunday is coming.
Jesus went through the unthinkable to make it to Sunday. It was so unbelievable that any good could come from Friday that the people He encountered three days later didn’t believe it was Him at first.
“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’” Luke 24: 25-26
Though we may feel unrecognizable by Sunday, Christ can do incredible things in our lives when we allow Him to transform us. Only He can take our suffering and turn it into something beautiful.
Maybe you feel like you’re in a season of Good Friday after Good Friday. The sun has stopped shining, and there’s nothing about it that feels good.
It’s ok to mourn. Weep for the Friday that you find yourself working through. Though Jesus knew the glorious Resurrection was coming, He still cried out to the Father in His moments of suffering. We can believe that Sunday is coming and still acknowledge the pain of our Friday. But don’t stay there: Have faith that this season won’t last forever. “…Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5. Cry out to God and believe that Sunday is coming.
The promises of the Lord never fail. Jesus died a terrible death for our sins, yet the story doesn’t end there; He rose again and changed the world forever. He wants to raise us out of the heaviness of our Fridays and lead us into a future full of hope and new life. He wants us to be active participants in the Resurrection story, claiming the gift He died to give us. Are you ready?
Sunday is coming.
“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!’” Luke 24:2-6
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