I don’t know about you, but I go through periodic down or depressing times in my life. I’m talking about those times where my circumstances and feelings collide and it seems that everything of any importance goes wrong.
I’m sure many of you have faced those times in your life. Some of those downer times in life are major events such as a death of someone close to you or a loss of a job. No one would argue that in those desperate situations that you should not feel down. You wouldn’t be human if those major things didn’t bring you down.
But then there are those other things that bring you down that perhaps no one else understands. Perhaps you feel disrespected or taken advantage of. Maybe you don’t feel that others have the same passion that you do about something and as a result you feel like they don’t really care about you. Or perhaps you feel alone. You know what kinds of things bring you down. And it doesn’t help that others who are not or have not walked in similar shoes simply cannot understand what you are feeling. Therefore, those downer feelings become even more intensified.
It is only fitting that I am writing this on Good Friday because this is the day that we have set aside to reflect on Christ’s death. It is, however, such a misnomer because for those who were there on the day that He died, there was nothing good about it. The disciples had not only lost their leader and best friend, they were afraid and scattering. One even lied three times about even knowing Jesus. Mary, Jesus’ mother, had just lost her son. Anyone who has lost a loved one can easily relate to those despairing feelings Mary was going through. And then there were those countless others that had just seen their hope of a better future be put to death. There was nothing good about that Friday.
However, as we all know, the story did not end on Friday. Had it ended there, all hope for the future would have been lost and all of Jesus’ teaching in the past would have been worthless. But the story did not end on Friday. Sunday was right around the corner.
Every year on Easter Sunday, churches are full as they celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is this supernatural resurrection that allows the terrible events of Friday to turn into the glorious power of Sunday. Had the story ended on Friday and Sunday would have never come, then Friday’s death would have been meaningless. Instead Friday became necessary so that Sunday could give us the opportunity of Salvation and bring us a better and stronger life than we had before.
So when those downer times of life come, whether it be those major heartaches that everyone recognizes or those personal feelings that no one understands, keep in mind that those times are Friday’s in your life. Sunday’s resurrection power is right around the corner. Although it may not seem like it at the moment, but Friday’s pain is often necessary to experience Sunday’s glorious joy.
If you are experiencing some kind of Friday in your life, no matter how much it hurts right now, take comfort, my friend, Sunday’s resurrection is right around the corner.
I am so grateful to God that Sunday came and thus the resurrection. As a result, we are given the opportunity to receive not only eternal life, but God’s power that raised Christ from the dead in our lives today.
Steve Biddison is the author of several devotional books including several devotional books that can found here