Good Friday Thoughts

When I was younger, I always wondered why the Friday before Easter was called “Good Friday” since such a terrible thing happened on that day. Of course, I know now. What’s “good” about Good Friday is that it didn’t end there. If Sunday hadn’t happened, it would have been just another day when a criminal was executed. But the fact that we call it Good Friday is all about anticipating the future. It’s about believing that Sunday is coming.

Jesus’ disciples saw Good Friday as anything but good. Through their tunnel vision, the last three years of their lives had been wasted, and everything they had believed in and hoped for had come to nothing.

But as it turns out, they were a bit short-sighted. Not too long before that, Peter had made his confession of faith that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of God.” Yet when he saw what was happening in the Garden, he fled. He fled! He didn’t have enough faith to believe that Jesus was still who He said He was, even when everything looked hopeless.

But how often do we do that very thing? We constantly underestimate the power of God to come through in our circumstances. We think our pain — our marriage problems, our health issues, our depression — is the end of the story. It’s “the way things are.”

But let me tell you that God is not limited by “the way things are.” Let me tell you I have seen Him move in some amazing ways this week. Let me tell you that God is changing lives, restoring what is broken, coming through in impossible situations, and overcoming the darkness.

For Resurrection Week, the theme question on the Lipscomb campus was, “Who do you say that I am?”

What’s your answer?

Who do you say that He is?

Because if you can honestly say, and mean it, that you believe He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Risen Savior

…then even in the midst of your grief and pain, when everything seems dark and hopeless, don’t be too short-sighted to believe that the One conquered death can call YOU out of the tomb on Sunday morning.

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