Good Friday is the day where Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and his subsequent death.
Easter is celebrated by Christians as a remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, where Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified on the cross. It’s celebrated on Sunday. That’s why sometimes it’s referred to as Easter Sunday.
Good Friday is “good” because we know what came on Sunday after the Friday when Jesus was crucified on the cross. We know three days later, Jesus rose from the dead.
We know the final score—victory.
However, it wasn’t the case back then for the disciples and his friends who mourned for Jesus. Seeing Jesus took His last breath on the cross after being horribly tortured, crucified, humiliated. What happened to the Messiah, the Lord who performed miracles, who loved all, who said He’ll be with them, who’ll save them? He’s dead! What happened to hope?
Can we imagine what was it like for them on that Saturday? That awful silence of hopelessness. Where’s God?!
But Christians (and even some non-Christians) know. We know the fact that Jesus will come alive three days after He died. And years after years, we have been celebrating and remembering this day we called Easter. If there’s no resurrection, the entire Christian faith has no unshakable hope to offer anyone. I would really then ask, what’s the point of anything?!
We celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But sometimes we may skip that in-between Saturday waiting room of our lives.
We may become frustrated. Anxious.
But nothing is as tragic as losing and giving up hope because we’ve forgotten about that Saturday. The in-between.
I’m no theologian, but I choose to see a life lesson as to why the wait of that Saturday? Why not resurrect earlier? Perhaps it’s one of God’s ways for us in having faith? In identifying with hopelessness? In joining Him in suffering and through that, develop depth and compassion for others who are suffering? In deepening our dependency on Him? In developing patience?
Without grasping this, we may get disheartened, disappointed, even furious at God, stomping away from Him when we couldn’t receive “the good life” we want. Maybe we have been faithfully following God when things happened in our life that provoked us to interrogate Him—why are You doing this to me?!
But since we know the final score, let’s persist in faith as we sit, wait, do, lament, hope for whatever we are waiting for. And know that even in the silence of the tomb, God’s with us.
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. It tests us. It tests our faith, our resilience, our patience. It reveals to us our relationship with God. It reveals to us who we are inside while we are in the waiting room.
What’s your waiting room?
Further reading if you’d like:
Why Easter in 2 minutes
The first man and woman God created fell for Satan’s deception; sin entered man and the world. That’s the start of the separation of an eternal, loving relationship between God and man.
Satan = death, eternal separation from God and eternal suffering and pain. God sent Jesus to the world. Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and Savior of the world.
Three days after His crucifixion and death on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead (resurrected)He laid down His life and died for us (a sacrifice) and paid the full penalty for the sin of mankind.
With the resurrection, Jesus defeated Satan and the power of sin and death. For all who believe in Him will restore that eternal loving relationship with God and have eternal life in Christ Jesus.
If this spoke to you, here’s a prayer to invite Jesus into (or back into) your life.
I believe You died for my sins
I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life
Please forgive me. I am willing to turn from my way & follow Your way.
Thank you that You died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.
I receive You now as my personal Saviour & Lord & invite You into my life from this moment. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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