For the Christian, Good Friday looks pretty dark. Jesus – the promised savior – has been betrayed, unfairly tried, found guilty. He’s been beaten and abused, abandoned, and denied by His closest friends. And crucified between actual criminals, He died. He really died!
God Himself has turned away.
Jesus the man was dead. Quickly buried in a donated tomb, it sure looked like His followers had been deceived. That must have been a horrible couple of days for those who had believed in Him.
We’ve all been devastated to find that things and people we were sure of are not at all what we thought. It hurts to be wrong about people we trust and love. And when our carefully laid plans for our lives are crushed by circumstances we can’t control we can flounder until we find a new anchor.
The good news is that no matter how dark Friday and even Saturday may look, Sunday will come!
The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.
~ John Piper