Good Friday isn’t a celebration but a remembrance, a time for somber reflection on the cross, the death of Jesus, the effect this had on the earth; time to look at my behaviors and thoughts.According to God’s law, it is I that should be hanging. In today’s morally lenient society I am almost sparkling clean. Not true in God’s eyes if I didn’t have faith in Jesus or believe that what happened on the cross over two thousand years ago. I do have that faith. I know that Jesus’ death was for my benefit! I am now sparkling clean in God’s eyes. Thank the Lord! The black cloth that symbolizes Good Friday in many churches represents the filthy sins of this world’s inhabitants, of God’s own creation. I feel the weight of my sins as I reflect today on the Son of God, dying on a cross. I am like Barabbas, set free but guilty! May I repent of my sins, truly seek forgiveness and humility, May I hold these reflections in my heart until the glorious dawning of Easter. Then my soul can rejoice and be as light and white as the angel at the empty tomb of our Lord.
This is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:14
No matter what life brings us we can be reassured of God’s renewal. With faith in Christ as our Living Savior, our souls can be soaring even if our physical selves are tired. Our old behavior brought us to our program of recovery. We were tired of our current way of life. Recovery has given us a healthy change, injected some hope into our sagging spirits. To stay in recovery, to keep the faith, the new hope, the renewed energy, we must not revert to those old ways of thinking or behaving. If we but ask, God will help us do the right thing. Keep us on the path of right living, and ultimately on the path to our soul’s renewal.
Historic church reflected in modern glass building, Boston, MA