It is the last day of March, time for my March ending post, but the day seems too holy to be casual or frivolous about weather and a slow spring emerging.
Sweet William and I shared a Good Friday service last night with people of our congregation. It was solemn, quiet, thoughtful. We ate the bread and drank the cup, and I left the building with remembrance etched in my mind.
At home as we prepared for bed, I spied the Passover moon out the window, brilliant in a darkening sky. I’ve missed it during the grey days of March, it hiding behind layers of cloud. The moon beckoned me into a season of the holy.
This morning I searched for a hymnal with the song sung a capella at the end of the service. O Sacred Head Now Wounded is mournful, an appropriate ending to last night’s reverent gathering.
Two millennial ago, those who loved Jesus and watched Him die were been grief-striken on the Saturday following. Death in the most cruel and painful form was pressed upon One who’s only crime was doing good on the Sabbath and claiming equality with God.
Did they huddle in homes, no words spoken, for what could be said that would relieve their hearts, broken with the sadness of finality.
We call it Good Friday, not because of any earthly good that transpired but because an eternal good was at work, what would only be apparent in days to come.
There is hope today because of that Good Friday. Death is not the end of life. For those in Christ Jesus, it is only the beginning.
Take time to think of the reality of Jesus death and resurrection. It changed the world. It changed me. It can change you.
If you want to read a post about Good Friday from 2013, you may find it here.