From Friday to Sunday

Steve Petroelje

READ: Luke 23:44-24:8

He is not here, but has risen! (24:6)

Easter weekend portrays a transition from endings to beginnings. Friday signifies pain, death, and sorrow. Easter Sunday signifies hope, life, and victory. On Friday, they wondered where God was. On Sunday, the resurrected Jesus met them outside the tomb, on the road to Emmaus and in the upper room. On Friday the tomb contained a crucified body. On Sunday the resurrected body was gone. Friday was a dark night. Sunday proved that “joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Saturday was a day in between—a day of uncertainty, waiting, and hoping. Or maybe hope was gone.

Life contains times that resemble that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Which day do you resonate with? Are you despairing on a grim Friday afternoon, lost somewhere in a long Saturday, or rejoicing early on a Sunday morning? Perhaps today you are struggling, grieving, and wondering with uncertainty what the future holds, like the disciples after Jesus’ death. Can you see how God has brought you from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from death to life?

The empty grave reminds us of the powerful victory we have through Christ. It points us to the ultimate eternal hope and joy we will experience in heaven. The end of Jesus’ earthly life brought forth a new beginning. When the Good Friday’s of life weigh you down, remember that on Easter Sunday the tomb was empty and Jesus lives!

Risen Lord, I yearn for the ultimate Sunday when the shortcomings of this life are over and I will see you face to face. Amen.