Good? Friday

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Imagine everything you believe in falling apart in one day.

Your future, your religion, your occupation for the last three years, your entire worldview… it all comes crashing down in one 24 hour period.

That is “Good” Friday for the disciples.

for the disciples, they do not recognize a pending miracle, all they know is their present misery.

Remember, they had to view the events of the day without our knowledge of His resurrection.  They did not have our aloofness that comes from detachment and knowing that ultimately it all works.  They do not get to analyze the moment, they have to live it.

Very few “Good” Friday experiences feel very good at all.

As much as “but Sunday is coming” makes a great meme, and an even better preaching cliche, it fails to recognize that, for the disciples, they do not recognize a pending miracle, all they know is their present misery.

Very few “Good” Friday experiences feel very good at all.

When the world is shaking, friends are leaving, hurt is abounding, and all you hold dear seems to be disintegrating before your eyes, those moments almost never feel good.

Yet, they are good.  Or at least, they are working toward good.

I know we tend to view Good Friday in the light of Sunday, but these moments of suffering have their value too.

Perhaps, today would be better served by seeking to understand what it means to suffer.

Take some time and ask these questions.
-What does the crucifixion mean?
-What does my current suffering mean?
-What can I be learning?
-What is God doing in my pain?
-How can I glorify God in my “Good Fridays”?

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”  -Philippians 3:10

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