“At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'” (Matthew 27:45-46).
Good Friday is such an oxymoron!
Such a brutal moment in time is called “good” and brings world altering, life-changing celebration soon after.
I’ve always struggled with Good Friday and have howled my way through most Good Friday services. To imagine all that Jesus did for me on that cross, is simply overwhelming! Often I have to turn my face away from the images of Jesus’ sufferings.
It’s not surprising that God had to distance Himself from Jesus, when He bore all our sins. He was completely disgusting at that moment. . . for us! Every imaginable sin was carried by Him and it was important that He did that for us. However, it came at a major price–being removed from God’s presence.
Oh the pain to have that distance!
There have been times where watching my middle son suffering illnesses is too much for me. I do what I can for him and then it’s unbearable to watch any more, so I remove myself to cry and pray.
This is nothing like what God went through with Jesus, but it gives me a glimpse into what God experienced. Seeing His Son suffer like that must have been excruciating.
Thank goodness the story doesn’t end there–for Jesus, or for us!
Good Friday is all about seeing what is behind Jesus’ death on the cross and what happens next. Hallelujah!
In the same way, my focus needs to be on the hope that Jesus’ victory on the cross gives to my life with illnesses and my son’s. There’s always hope and victory in our life with Christ.
For all, who are suffering themselves, or seeing their loved ones suffer, may this Easter bring a new depth of understanding that revives the soul and brings hope.
Prayer: Oh Father, we can never imagine what you went through, seeing Your Son suffer for us. Thank You that You knew and planned what was coming next. Help us to have renewed hope this Easter, as we’re reminded of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
What impacts you most about Good Friday? How does this help you in your illnesses?
Have you ever considered how difficult it must have been for Jesus to leave heaven and come to earth, knowing he would have to suffer and die, being separated from God before returning to heaven? Wow. This song, “I Wonder (Why God Had to Die)” by Joy Williams describes those sentiments well. Take a moment to pause today and thank Jesus for His sacrifice that we cannot even fathom with our human minds. -Lisa