It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming
A few, short months ago, we celebrated the birth of a baby, our Lord and Savior, who was laid in a borrowed manger.
The precious baby, who was already the King of Kings, grew up as an ordinary child. That precious child grew into a man who set out to preach to all the world. He would heal the blind and set the lame to walking. He would love his neighbor and he would share the good news of his Father in Heaven with all who would listen.
A few, short months ago was a wonderful celebration in the birth of Jesus Christ. Now, here we are, the week of Easter. A week of reflection on the Easter Bunny, hidden eggs filled with surprises, chocolate shaped rabbits and baskets full of cheap toys and candies. Don’t you just love the secular celebration and commercialization of this time of year? The stores do a wonderful job at distracting us from the meaning of Easter.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed..” – Isaiah 53:5. “….he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter….” – Isaiah 53:7. These words found in Isaiah are difficult to wrap up and place in a basket and sell, apparently. Our reflection should be not on bunnies and chocolates, rather our reflection should be on Christ and the punishment He took for you and for me, and his crucifixion so that we could be saved from sin.
Jesus was surrounded by 12 men that He discipled everyday. He loved these 12 men and they loved him back. However, Jesus was betrayed.
He was convicted of crimes He didn’t commit.
He was beaten. He was tortured. He was mocked.
That precious baby, whose birthday we recently celebrated, was nailed to a cross. All those who were there to witness this horrific event on the hill called Golgotha, watched Jesus die. I can’t help but think of his mother during this.
Take heart though my friends! Today is Friday, but Sunday is coming!
We cannot possibly celebrate what happened on Sunday, without the sacrifice of Friday.
Take time today to reflect on the sacrifice God gave to you and to me….the sacrifice of HIS one and only Son! That precious baby who became a precious gift for all who believed and called upon His name!