Today is the somber prelude to a Sunday of victory and celebration.
Today we remember that “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,” and “that he was buried.”
On Sunday, we celebrate that “He has risen, just as he said.”
Darkness is followed by triumph – a triumph that was promised, but that few could imagine or believe until they saw it with their own eyes. And it is this triumph over sin and death that continues to gift us eternal hope 2,000 years later.
But do we have to be a saint to qualify for this gift? No – we all become ‘saints’ in His eyes just for receiving it!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28
Joe and I wish you a Good Friday of reflection and a joyous Easter Sunday!
Quote Worth Re-Quoting
“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 guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
– Matthew 28:2-6