Our theme for this month: “Life on this side of the cross”
Our Bible verse for today: “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Thanks to Jesus we always have the promise of better days ahead.”
Today is the day we call “Good Friday”. It’s the anniversary of the day that Jesus was crucified. It seems strange that we would call such a day “good” because what was done to Jesus was not good, it was bad, very bad. He was falsely accused, unfairly convicted, tortured, and executed in a cruel and hideous manner. It was horrible. But we call it “good” because of the end result. Jesus took our sins upon himself and He suffered our punishment so that we wouldn’t have to. The Apostle Paul explains how that was possible in 2 Corinthians 5:21, and I will address that in the Easter sermon this Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church. (You can watch and listen online at www.oakhillbaptist.net).
Many years ago Tony Compolo wrote a great little book entitled “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming!” It was all about how, on that Friday, it appeared as if Jesus had failed in His mission to redeem the world. But that was Friday and Sunday was coming. In other words, Jesus snatches victory out of the jaws of apparent defeat. What seemed like a failure was actually just a prelude to victory – demonstrating very powerfully that with Jesus there is always the promise of better days ahead.
Lamentations 3:22-24 is a beautiful Old Testament affirmation of this same truth. In that case, the city of Jerusalem had been overrun and destroyed. The prophet Jeremiah was walking the streets of the devastated city weeping and mourning the incredible loss of life and property and freedom. But, as this passage explains, he knew that with God there is always hope for a better day. God is good and His plans are perfect, and today is always leading to a better tomorrow for those who love Him and who are faithfully obedient to Him.
Are you struggling with doubt and despair today? Do things look dark and grim and hopeless? Hang in there. All is not lost. There is hope. Better days are ahead. It’s Friday, but Sunday is Coming!