by MELISSA SOUTHALL
The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours—a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle. Jesus called loudly, “Father, I place my life in your hands!” Then he breathed his last.
Today, on this Good Friday, we sit in the darkness. We may want to turn our heads, look the other way, and not sit with Jesus in his suffering. And yet, without walking through the darkness, we cannot see the light.
My daughter is learning how to walk. Mostly she is wobbly, often she falls, and sometimes there are big tears. There is a pain that comes with learning to move forward, and as a mother, it can feel difficult to watch. As I hold her tight and wipe her tears, oh how I wish I could prevent her from ever being hurt!
As I reflect on Jesus this Good Friday, I am overwhelmed by the pain and suffering that our Savior took on, along with the gravity and totality of love displayed by the Father in giving his son to endure the world. May we kneel before the cross today, fully aware of the cost of our sin. May we behold with new eyes the ultimate sacrifice and greatest act of love displayed, a love that gives us life and freedom from sin.
Don’t leave Jesus today. Sit with the tears and the pain. Walk humbly in the lowest depths of humiliation. Identify where you have yelled out, mocked, tested, or rolled dice for his clothes. Repent and turn to the cross, for Jesus paid it all and all to him we owe! In the darkness and in his suffering, Jesus is forgiveness and grace to those who call upon him.
Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus
Conducted by Nigel Short