Today is the anniversary of what I believe to be the blackest day in human history.
I am often torn between two days when thinking which is the blackest. Is it:
- The day that man first rejected God in the garden of Eden? The day when Adam and Eve, who had physically walked and talked with their creator decided to reject everything He had given them. The day which caused all the pain and sin and suffering in the world? or…
- Was it the day when we crucified God’s only son. Beat him, tortured him and nailed him to a cross to suffocate slowly to death?
I have to think it’s the second.
Rejecting someone is one thing. Trying to kill them, that’s something else entirely.
This has to be the blackest day in all of human history. The son of God himself hung on a cross to die….
But you know what?
God takes our darkest times and turns them to good. He takes the very worst things and flips them around.
It’s Friday…. but Sunday’s on its way!
Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose.
Even in crucifying his own son.
John 3:16-17: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
4 Reply to “'Good' Friday”
Thank you for your kind words and joining in me in worship.
Do you know what I always come back to every time I take communion? The idea that Jesus left the right hand of God, lived a sinless life on earth, endured the most horrific death possible – all of that.
But what strikes me so much is trying to imagine being hung from that cross, the only sinless human to ever walk the earth, and then to feel the enormous weight of all the sins of the world – past, present and future being thrust upon me. I almost think that was more painful than any physical torture He endured. I don’t know if anyone else feels that way, but I know I do.
My kids get so upset when they get blamed for something they didn’t do. The injustice hurts them more than anything else. You have a great point there Katdish.
I always wonder how much it hurt being cut off from God. That whole Holy Trinity deal and the oneness that comes with it. Jesus lost that for the first time in…. forever, literally. How painful must that have been?
I always try to remember that without a Good Friday there is no Easter Sunday. Our Lord understood this and ended His life with power and obedience in order to give our lives salvation.
That’s something we should all remember in our lives. There can be no celebration without hardship, pain and struggle first. Thanks Andy