Good Friday: a day that no doubt didn’t seem so “good” to those who loved Jesus and knew him best. I can only imagine the darkness and despair that descended into the depths of their hearts when the sun stopped shining as Jesus hung bloodied and beaten on the cross, then finally cried “It is finished!” and gave up his spirit.
But on this side of the cross, we know that the story didn’t end there. Even on the hardest of days, we can find hope because of the resurrection power of Christ. As one author wrote about a particularly tough time in his life:
A hard day, yes. Rattled and unglued, yes. Unable to cope, no. How does the life-giving Spirit of the risen Lord manifest Himself on days like that? In our willingness to stand fast, our refusal to run away and escape into self-destructive behavior. Resurrection power enables us to engage in the savage confrontation with untamed emotions, to accept the pain, receive it, take it on board, however acute it may be. And in the process we discover that we are not alone, that we can stand fast in the awareness of present risenness and so become fuller, deeper, richer disciples.
So even amidst the darkness and despair of Christ’s death commemorated on Crucifixion Friday, we know that Resurrection Sunday is coming—and because of that, hope ALWAYS remains.
Christ is risen!