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April 2, 2010 / Meg

Good Friday

I could tell you all about how I lost 3.2 pounds this week.  I could write about how the Turbo Kick class I taught last night was my best class ever.  I could talk about my new weightlifting plan or how my knee is holding up with all of this exercise.  But none of that seems important today.

Easter is the big celebration, the day that Jesus conquered death so that we may have eternal life.  It’s the biggest day of the year for the Church; a time when we can rejoice and unite in faith in our Savior.

Let us not forget the importance of today.  Today is Good Friday.  It’s the day Christ died on the cross because of our sins.  Certainly there is sadness knowing the pain and suffering Jesus suffered on this day.  But we must always remember the triumph that occurred on the third day is the greatest victory of all.

I read Pete Wilson’s blog today, and I think he summed up really well what I’ve been thinking.  Hopefully he won’t mind if I share part of what he wrote.  He is the pastor of a large church in Nashville, and his blog posts are always inspirational.  I encourage you to read his full blog by visiting http://withoutwax.tv/.

Nobody would argue Easter Sunday is a day of celebration. We celebrate that Jesus conquered death so we can have life. It doesn’t get any better than Easter Sunday, the third day.

But we don’t hear a lot about day one and two? After the crucifixion on day one and leading into day two it almost seems as if nothing is happening. It’s a period of questioning, doubting, wondering, and definitely waiting. It’s a season of helplessness and hopelessness.

And honestly, this is where some of you are right now.  You’re in a season where you’ve begun to wonder if God is asleep at the wheel or simply powerless to do anything about your problems.

Is it possible, though, that this season is actually a time of preparation? Is it possible God’s getting ready to do his best work in you?

Because that’s exactly what was happening during this time between the crucifixion and the resurrection.  While it appeared that nothing was happening we know, in fact, that God was engineering a resurrection.

You may currently be in the midst of a horrible, out-of-control situation. You feel as if God is not there, that there’s nothing that can be done.

But here is the message of the gospel for you while you’re stuck in your seemingly helpless, hopeless, season of waiting: God does his best work in hopeless situations.

We worship a God who specializes in resurrections. He specializes in hopeless situations. After all, he conquered death—the ultimate hopeless situation—so you could have life.

It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming.

May you all have a safe and happy Easter weekend, filled with countless blessings and hope for the future.  God bless!

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