Hope for Change

From Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday, my how things change…

  • Confusion to clarity
  • Doubt to trust
  • Skepticism to belief
  • Suffering to wholeness
  • Shame to compassion
  • Defeat to victory

As a kid it was kind of depressing to attend Good Friday services. Everything was dark. People were serious and quiet. You would get the “death stare” from older people if you made noise or worse yet laughed. I needed to encounter Jesus just to experience healing from those Good Friday services (kinda kidding).

HoneysuckleYears later it dawned on me that Jesus had taken all my sin, pain and suffering upon Himself. Good Friday meant I could draw near to Him and experience comfort (“though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for You are with me!”). I could experience healing as I looked upon His wounds. I could be free of the weight of guilt and shame because He paid the whole price for every wrong I’d ever done.

Now I look forward to Good Friday services, more because of gratitude than anything else. There is nothing like seeing others experience that same healing and wholeness for the first (or hundredth) time. By Sunday the victory of Jesus is sweeter than the smell of honeysuckle in spring. And the truth of Bible verses like these explode from worship celebrations across the planet:

He disarmed those who once ruled over us—those who had overpowered us. Like captives of war, He put them on display to the world to show His victory over them by means of the cross. – Colossians 2:15 The Voice

Sin came into this world, and death’s sting followed. Then sin took aim at the law and gained power over those who follow the law. Thank God, then, for our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, the Liberating King, who brought us victory over the grave. – 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 The Voice

What a beautiful time of year! There is always hope for change! What a great reason to celebrate!!

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