Friday, April 22, 2011

Worst day...could be the 1 that changes everything

It's in songs, poetry, conversations, tears...and photographs.

Some days are dark.  Hard.  Sad.  Unfair.

It's Friday, the day we honor the death of Jesus, around 2,000 years ago.  And when the religious leaders of His day partnered with the government leaders to conduct a sham trial and a brutal was a dark day.

Jesus hadn't committed any crimes.  He'd never even sinned.  People spoke lies about Him as cover for the haters.  But Jesus didn't even defend Himself.  He saw the bigger picture.  He understood the timeline of God's Kingdom, and how God's incredible Love Story includes really hard days, like Crucification Friday.

When Jesus was crucified, all His friends, the ones He'd spent three years living with and training as His disciples, they all deserted Him.  He was alone, mocked, beaten, humiliated and brutalized.  But He saw a bigger picture than that moment, awful as it was.

You've probably been around people when they have had one of these terrible days.  I have too.  Maybe you are in the middle of that day now.  Often, the worst day is the one that changes everything.  When you see that destructive and selfish lifestyle has got to change.  When you see that relying on yourself for strength, pushing away from God, will not work.  When you reach the end of yourself...and turn to God.

The most unfair day in history, when God's Innocent, Holy, Perfect Son was put to's not the end.  It leads to the day that changed everything.

It's Friday.  But Sunday's Coming.

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