The arrival of Good Friday, God’s Friday, is a day to reflect on one of the darkest days in the human story.
But what about our story?
Are the failures of those who lived out those days of the first Holy Week really any different from our own failures?
It’s easy to look back and say, “Gosh, I would never have done that!”
The human heart is sinful. That means the hearts of people then and the hearts of people now.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
If we believe God’s Word to be true, then their story is our own story.
It’s a story about me with the people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem one day and called for his execution shortly thereafter. Their fickle attitude changes direction with the wind.
One day we’re hot and on fire for God and the next we’re cold and indifferent.
It’s a story about me with the disciples at the Passover meal asking if I was the one who would betray him. “Surely not I, Lord?”
Why was it asked and not stated as a fact that we surely weren’t the one?
Because deep down we aren’t sure if we wouldn’t be the one.
It’s a story about me with Pilate feeling overwhelmed by the demands of others. When Pilate saw he was getting no where with the crowd he declared himself innocent of Jesus’ blood.
How often do we cave into the world and not stand up for Jesus?
It’s a story about me with Peter as he cuts off the High Priest’s servant’s ear–acting impulsively while full of emotion before we’ve thought things through.
I’m with Peter as we state our unwavering loyalty and as soon as fear sets in our promise becomes meaningless.
I’m with Peter as we weep over our unimaginable failure.
It’s a story about me with the crowd at the foot of the cross. “Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” we yell. “If you come down from the cross we will believe in you!”
How often do we question God’s plan?
How often do we say, “If you are really God you would ____.”
How often do we lose faith because we don’t think God is acting as we think he should?
The failures of those who experienced that first Holy week represent us all. We aren’t the ones who make Holy week Holy.
But we are the ones who made Holy week necessary.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. ~1 Peter 3:18
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light. You can visit her at her own site, yolandadeloach.com