Friday, April 22, 2011

A Mysterious Friday World

Innocent suffering is part of life on earth as we know it. It's just a fact, whether we like it or not. We know it's not right and long for justice that never seems to come. All this is especially strange when you consider that a good and mighty God oversees this unjust planet.

We live in the mysterious world of Friday. On Friday our Lord was crucified. Many of those who looked on the scene that day must have been profoundly troubled by the gross injustice of it all. The only One who had never done anyone any wrong was being executed as a criminal among criminals. Jesus had confidence in God -- and then he cried out "My God, Why have you forsaken me?" Having been mocked and tormented by wicked people he prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." After agonizing in shame on a cross for hours, Jesus died. It happened on a Friday.

When Sunday came the reality of what happened on that cross began to be seen. Jesus was resurrected. He appeared to, spoke with, and ate with his disciples. They began to see that this was all part of a divine plan. All the human injustice was being reversed. God reversed the ruling. Jesus was no criminal -- Jesus was Lord!

Now is the time of sin and forgiveness. That makes this a Friday world, a world of innocent suffering. Soon, Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. Then justice will be perfected in a new earth. All wrongs will be made right. Many that are last now will be first then. Things will be turned right side up. Then the time of sin and forgiveness will be over.