Tomorrow is Good Friday...
It has always seemed strange to me that such a horrific day is called "Good" Friday. I finally did some reading about the origin of the name seeking some understanding. The article linked below has some information about that. As stated in the article, I thought it was interesting that in Germany, Good Friday is called Karfreitag which means "Sorrowful Friday." If you've always had the same question, take a moment to read What's So Good about Good Friday? on Christianity.com.
If you were raised in church as I was, you always knew the real reason for Easter, but until I was an adult, I had never sat down and read the story of Jesus's death and resurrection straight from the Bible, and to say that it's difficult to read is a major understatement. I want to share a couple of the verses I have highlighted in my Bible from Matthew 26-28.
26:38 (Jesus speaking to Peter and the two sons of Zebedee) "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
26:39 Going a little further, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will."
26:56 Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
27:45-46 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)
28:2-3 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
The ache these scriptures cause in my heart are indescribable.
Scholars believe Jesus was around 33 years old when he was crucified.
I am 33 years old.
I couldn't even begin to wrap my mind around enduring his suffering for us at 33 or any other age. I'm a mother and couldn't even being to fathom what it was like for Mary to watch her child go through this and be helpless to stop it, unable to take his place.
But light chases away the darkness and I'm always comforted by one of my favorite verses that comes to mind when I think of Jesus's crucifixion and RESURRECTION.
Psalms 30:5 ...weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
The resurrection and Jesus's ascension to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father brings a relief and joy and lightness to my heart that's as indescribable as the ache that came before.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus.