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Isaiah 53:3-4, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Surely he has born our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
Mark 15:34, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Luke 23:56, “And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”
Mark 16:1, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”
Matthew 28:6, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.”
Christ suffered excruciating pain before being nailed to a cross to die for our sins. He was beaten beyond recognition, ridiculed and stripped of His clothing. In humility He hung on a cross, rejected and alone. Forsaken even by His Heavenly Father. But Christ suffered silently through the Friday, because He knew He had a Sunday in his future.
Even our worst Friday is nothing compared to the last Friday Jesus spent on earth. Yet, while he hung dying on the cross, he forgave those that crucified him and gave hope to a thief hanging next to him.
Regardless of what we may be going through today, we too have a Sunday in our future. Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning; for neither life nor death, nor things present or things to come, shall separate us from His love. He has provided a way where there was no way.
While we were still lost, He showed us the way to the cross, where we found forgiveness of our sins. He turned our darkest Friday into a Sunday full of promise. Because of His blood sacrifice, we are free from the Fridays of our past. They are buried in a tomb sealed by the rock of our salvation. Old things are passed away, behold all things are made new in Him. Our Friday no longer defines who we are. We have been resurrected unto Him with a Sunday in our future. I love you, but Jesus loves you more.
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