Remember the meaning of Good Friday
Across the world, acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Savior has become a sin in the eyes of some people. In even more ways, the law keeps us from talking and sharing about the hope we have through faith.
But in Jeff Davis Parish, more people are willing to stand up for their faith rather than back down. Because of this, we know many are reflecting on this day as somewhat mournful, the day when Christ was crucified, tortured and bled to death, for the sins of us all. It’s not easy to think that someone who is a stranger to many was willing to suffer such pain to give us a chance at freedom, even though so many would rather be in chains.
As we gather with friends and loved ones throughout this weekend, perhaps we should reconsider the chances we have been given. Perhaps old ways should die and new lives begin. Good Friday does not symbolize an end. It symbolizes a new beginning, when life triumphed death; when faith became sight; and hopelessness gave way to eternal joy. Even though this day is marked only once per year, its truth and meaning follow us every day of our lives.
Life is hard and sometimes cruel. We face losses and hardships we never could have imagined. Our lives are turned upside down by sudden changes. What we always thought we would have sometimes slips away.
But there is still life beyond the pain, in this world as well as the next, and that is what we must remember on Good Friday. Even though Jesus prayed for another way to save humanity, even though He knew He would suffer physically, emotionally and mentally, He also knew something others did not: the trial He would suffer would make all things new again.
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