Friday, April 2, 2010

Not sure how to celebrate this.


Good Friday.

It's a day off.

We sleep late.

It's a day where we spend time with our family.

We go to the movies.

We go out to eat, especially boiled crawfish if you live down here.

We shop for Easter dresses.

We plan menus & decide what we're going to eat on Easter Sunday.

We dye eggs to hunt and then turn into deviled eggs.

But, I wonder if that's how this day should really be celebrated. I can't help but feel some shame in what we've turned this day into.

It's the day we remember the death of our Savior, our King, our Lord who hung on a cross for us ... who took our punishment on Himself.

How should we celebrate a death that was meant for us? Would we rejoice if it were the anniversary of our child's death, our brother's death, our friend's death?

No.

We would remember.

We would meditate.

Isaiah 53:7-10 He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn't say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off— and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he'd never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn't true.

Still, it's what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he'd see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God's plan will deeply prosper through him.

We are moved by His love and are in awe of what was done for us.

We humble ourselves and thank God.

And, we anticipate Sunday.

3 Comments:

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

It's a Christian's paradox: the day in which we mournfully rejoice.

Without Good Friday, there could be no Resurrection Sonday. How deep and wide and high is the love of Christ.

Have a great celebration, filled with deep appreciation, Mama Belle. See you next week!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I totally agree! Friday we reflect. Sunday we rejoice!

cfoxes said...

Our minister always says at our Good Friday service that "Wait, it's almost Sunday." Cook, huh?