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April 17, 2014

This is ... Friday ...

NORMAN — It’s Good Friday. Good Friday? What could possibly be “good” about Good Friday? Think about it … this is the day in which the Lord Jesus was beaten and crucified.

He hung on a cross between two thieves. Abandoned, betrayed and denied, by the end of the day Jesus would be placed in a tomb. Despair, fear and confusion gripped His followers that evening as they scattered and grieved the horrific events of that day. If this is Good Friday, what would a bad Friday look like?

Do you know about “bad Friday?” Don’t we all. Bad Fridays are the darkest of days. They are days of death and failure. They are the days that we discover our spouse doesn’t love us. They are the days that we receive the diagnosis of cancer or incurable disease. Bad Fridays occur when we lose our job or find ourselves bankrupt and homeless. They are the days of tragic accidents, tornadoes and victimization. At times, bad Fridays seem to be everyday as we deal with addiction, abuse and abandonment. Bad Fridays take us to the breaking point and the truth is that sometimes we break. Are you broken? Are you close to that point? Does every day seem like a bad Friday?

And maybe this is why a bad Friday that occurred some 2,000 years ago is called “good” today. Good Friday is good, because it is not the end of Jesus’ story. Good Friday is good because Easter Sunday is just two days away. Friday is good because Jesus rose from the grave to conquer death and bring new life to the despair of “bad Fridays.” His resurrection invites us to know and experience life and love and hope and faith. His resurrection means that we no longer have to be stuck on Friday, but can experience the redeeming, life-giving possibilities of Sunday. Are you ready for Sunday? Do you need resurrection?

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