Easter this year will be unlike any I have ever experienced. COVID-19 has changed many things. Our family Easter meal will not happen. Our Easter church service will be on-line. There will be no egg hunts at my house. I will do this day alone.
Now, I admit my life has not really been turned upside down like so many other people. That is because of the stage of life I now find myself in. But I still see the real struggles of so many. And I hear the anger and frustration and prickliness in words and social media posts and White House briefings. It is one of those times in life that we have to look for “good,” but I assure you, it is there. Even when we don’t see it flashing in neon lights, good is still there.
That brings me to what today is: Good Friday.
Now, if I took the time to look it up, I am sure I could find some information on why this day is called “Good” Friday. On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything “good” about this day. After all, Jesus was dragged from place to place during the night in what were mere jokes when it came to a trial. He was ridiculed and slapped and spit upon. He was stripped of His clothing and beat to a pulp, beyond recognition. The beating itself should have killed Him. After carrying His own cross most of the way to Calvary, He was nailed to it and lifted up and plopped down with a thud. It is almost more than I can bear to even think about.
Good??? How can any of this be good? This wasn’t good, but it had to be. This was why Jesus came. This is why God took on flesh. He came to die for me and for you. He came to be the Passover Lamb; the Lamb that took away the sins of the world. It was a dark day in history. It was a day that Satan thought he had finally won. It was a day of fear and confusion for those who loved Him and followed Him. Things just looked bad!
But because we know the “rest of the story,” we can see “good” in this day. That Friday some 2000 years ago, Jesus (God in the flesh) died as our substitute. He took our death penalty. We were destined for eternal death because of our sin, but Jesus stepped up and said “Let me die for _______________(put your name in the blank). He who knew no sin took our sin so we might have His righteousness. Wow!!! What a deal for us! Then, on the 3rd day, Jesus rose from the dead. He Lives!!!
Do you see it? Do you see the “good?”
I can have life because He paid my death penalty. You can have life because He paid your death penalty.
Good Friday is a great example of how things can look so bad, leaving us confused and scared and unsure. God was working out His plan, a great plan, on that dark day.
Sometimes I struggle to find “good” in the direction life has taken, but I know that God is working out His plan. And one day, His plan will be revealed. Until then, whether it is COVID-19, health issues, financial struggles, or whatever else might come along, I choose to trust that God loves me and has only my best interest at heart. I choose to see “good” in this day. I hope you will do the same.
Lots of love, Sharon