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By Emmy McKirgan
What an odd way to describe the darkest day in the history of Christianity! It was far from “good,” the day that Jesus suffered on the cross; he literally bore all our sins and sickness! He was overcome by physical anguish and pain! Not to mention the emotional distress such a death would bring.
Below are my thoughts on how that day may have gone.
I look to the cross, and what do I see?
But a man who died for me?
Why would you do that? Why do you care?
How can I look at the face of Jesus without seeing my sin and shame?
I look at your tear-stained face and see the love through the pain – but how can it be? That Jesus died for me?
Why would you go to such lengths to show your love?
You didn’t deserve the cross or the shame! Your body was broken and hanging for all to see – to mock, to spit on, to scorn.
Would I be part of the mocking? Would I be crying for your pain?
Who would I be in the crowd the day that all of heaven went dark?
How can it be that you died all alone?
You were abandoned by your Father, the Holy One, that could not look on the sin and shame you bore! How can I fathom what that meant for you? To be separated from the One you love the most? You were abandoned so that I would never feel alone.
As a mother who loves her children more than my own life,
my heart is broken to see your mother in such pain. To see her son hanging like a criminal on a tree! Such a terrible pain to bear! To watch without being able to do a thing! To sit in a heap on the dirt and cry without comfort. To feel like God has left her all alone!
What is so good about this day? This dark and dreary day!
But you had more in store. Around noon the sky turned black, and darkness covered the land. When Jesus cried out, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,” and then He died. We had a glimpse of your power! The curtain of the temple was torn in two, and there was a great earthquake.
Did I keep standing? Did I fall in fear? Did I fall to my knees in awe at the Lord that was before me? Now the question remains, “What did you do on that Black Friday – what were your thoughts? How did you fare? Did you believe in Jesus that cursed day?”
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