A Day to Remember
Today we call it Good Friday because we know what happens on Sunday, but it was everything but good for the people who experienced it firsthand. Jesus has been betrayed by Judas, one of his closest followers. This subsequently led to his arrest and trial before the high officials in the land. The people pleaded with the government officials to turn him over so they could deal with him properly.
Jesus was beaten, whipped, spit on, mocked, humiliated, and much more. He was given his cross and made to carry it to the place where he would be nailed to it and eventually die a slow and painful death. Bloodied and battered, the people watched as Jesus took his last breaths. His closest followers were left leaving helpless, confused, and alone. There is no doubt they must have felt like a part of them had also died.
Jesus’s body was taken down from the cross and put in a tomb. A large stone was rolled in front of the opening, and Roman guards were placed in front to prevent anyone from stealing his body. Friday was a dark and dreary day, but Easter Sunday was on its way!
Today, let us, in reverential awe, remember what Christ did for us. It should have been us on that cross, but he chose to take our place because of His great love for us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
(Romans 5:8 ESV)