If it Weren't for Friday
April 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

The most anticipated week in the life of Jesus Christ is here. Friday He will be crucified, and buried in a tomb, Sunday He will rise!  For Christians, this week is one that should define how we LIVE. I ran across these quotations and they really helped me stay focused this week.

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.  -- Robert Flatt

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.  -- Clarence W. Hall

The truth of Sunday and the Resurrection is this: none of Sunday would have happened without the suffering on Friday. I know we have all been through some tough situations in our lives, broken relationships, disease or death of a loved one. In my simple thinking, I understand these things, God is faithful, and He will never let me down. He walks with me through the darkest days, even when I wonder if I am all alone.

Early this morning I was drawn to Paul’s words to the church in Philippi.

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection ….

 Jesus was indeed raised from the dead early that Sunday morning. He experienced the “power of the resurrection” because of His suffering and death. This week I can’t help but think about the power of resurrection. How I want it for myself and those whom I know and love.

     Earlier in chapter 3, it seems Paul says things that once he thought were really good things, like having the right ancestors, following the law, were in all ways far less important than knowing Jesus Christ. “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”.

Like Paul, I’m sure we all want to experience the “power of the resurrection.” What Paul understood is this: Sunday would have never happened….. if it weren’t for Friday.

 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

This Friday is Good Friday and I have  wondered about calling it good. We don’t often ask to experience the suffering of Christ like Paul does here. I think maybe I should do that and even to give thanks for my insignificant suffering, because I now know this truth, if it weren’t for Friday, Sunday would have never happened, and Friday would have never been called good. Have a great week and I love you all.