Death by crucifixion. Disgraceful. Criminal. Lowly. It is fitting that Jesus’ life ends humbly. He didn’t die the death of a storybook hero. His followers were fearful of their lives, so they didn’t hail and cheer for him. Peter, the disciple who would take charge after Jesus’ ascension, denied that he even knew Christ. Can you imagine how fearful Peter must have been of the crowd surrounding the crucifixion? Can you imagine watching one of your dear friends being scourged and beaten and then hung on a cross; a death that was used for criminals and the lowly? The crowd hated Jesus so much that they cheered for him to be crucified. With all this going on, Peter just couldn’t muster up the courage to say, “I know Him. I love Him. He is King of the Jews.”
I am not sure I would have shown my devotion for Christ either. I wish I could say that I would stand up for Him. I wish I could say I would have the courage to speak against the crowd. I just am not sure. Good Friday is our chance as Christians to do just that. This is a day of sadness, yet hope. This is a day of sharing our faith with others who are struggling and weak. This is the day to raise your voice above the crowds and share your love of Christ.
Christ will die today for our sins. It will be dark and dismal, but it will also be hopeful. He will shower all of us with His Grace and Mercy. Just what does that mean for you? It should mean that today at work, you reach out to someone you find difficult to love. It should mean even when you are in the midst of turmoil, you should reach out to others with the little bit of energy you have in reserve. It should mean you should sacrifice your own self, for the sake of others. Wow.
Ever heard of random acts of kindness? That is what I think of Good Friday. “Good” Friday is for us to see the good out of the bad. It is for us to see the strong out of the weak. It is for us to see the Light out of the dark. Don’t miss out on this today! Find Christ in someone or something today. Turn your sorrow into joy. Or like my kids always say, turn your frown upside down. Because Jesus will die for us on the cross, but the miracle is he will arise for us on Easter.