What is so Good about Friday:

A Mothers Perspective

So here we are in the middle of Holy week and I ask myself....What is so Good About Friday?  Think about it, we call it "Good Friday" because it lead to something good for us...The Resurrection!!  But imagine poor Mary.

Lets start from the beginning.  Mary is this young girl, some have determined she was like 12 years old.  Suddenly she finds herself pregnant, yet still a virgin.  She is in love and planning to marry the man of her dreams, but now she has to explain to him that she is with child.  Unable to fully understand it herself, she has to tell him and hope that he doesn't turn his back on her.  So her pregnancy started with heart break and stress.  Joseph had his own confusion as in a dream he is told Mary is pregnant with the son of God. They have to flee the city to have the child, more stress.  The child arrives healthy and I am sure instantly is the apple of his Mama's eye. They are told their child is going to change the world, but at the beginning, they were probably like all of us parents...."Well of course our child is going to change the world, he is the most precious, perfect, little human ever!!"  They did not know at the beginning exactly how Jesus would change the world.

They loved him, raised him and noticed early on that Yes indeed, he was different.  People flocked to see him from the beginning and one time they even lost him in a crowd only to find him three days later. Luke 2:46-52 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished.  His Mother said to him, "Son why have you treated us like this?  Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."  A Mom, typical, worried to death over her child.  My point is Mary is like most mothers, she loves her child, would do anything to protect her child.  She fears for her child.  Wants only the best for her child.  Yes I said Child a lot here.....Because often we read these stories and seem to think its a character in a story, but this is real. Mary was real, she was a young girl with a mama's heart.  She felt what we feel as Moms/Dads.

"Why were you searching for me?" he asked.  "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"  But they did not understand what he was saying to them.  Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.  But his Mother treasured all these things in her heart.*Just like us, we treasure everything about our children, they amaze us, because we love them so much, we cherish them.  

The Bible never specifically states that Mary knew or even realized her son would die such a horrible death, on a cross, beaten and bruised, mistreated in every way possible.  But she did say, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.  For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. (Luke1:46-48). Wow, Imagine if we all put our trust and God's Promises, even when we do not understand them. Mary showed such strength in her faith and trust in God.

So here we are about to Celebrate Good Friday, thinking of what comes three days later.  But just imagine Mary on Good Friday.  She stands and watches as her Baby boy, her PRECIOUS Baby Boy, is being bullied to extreme.  He is being beaten, spit on, ridiculed, made fun of, called names, laughed at and all she can do is stand and watch tears streaming down her face unable to stop any of it, because of her trust in the Lord.  

Her son is now on the cross.  John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his Mother's sister, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said to her, "Woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." Jesus takes his last breath and a centurion standing close by says "Truly this man was the Son of God!"

Imagine for a moment, you are Mary or for my male readers, Jesus Father.  Imagine this is your child.  Imagine watching as all this is taking place, unable to do a thing to make it stop.  Knowing that this will lead to your babies (*no matter the age our babies are always and forever our babies)death.  

How do you turn your face away from following this man that did all of this for you.How do you not feel for the Mother that watched this happen and finding out it happened for you.  Imagine saying these words, "my child sacrificed his life for you".

  When you choose, and we all have a choice, but when you choose to follow the world instead of Jesus, you are choosing to be like those who spit in his face.  He took the cross for all of us.  His mother watched in horror, trusting in God that it was all worth it.  Her son was being crucified to save the world, to save all of us.

I think from a mothers perspective that Friday was anything but "Good". 

I want you to know, if you are one who has fallen short, failed, sinned....welcome to being human.  If you are one that maybe had rejection, betrayal and felt unloved and unworthy.....God sees you as belonging, lovable, worthy.

As a Mom, if I were Mary, I think the only way their could be "good" in Friday, is to see more followers of Jesus, My son who lost his life to see to it that your sins were forgiven.

God is standing with open arms, waiting for you to come running back to him.  Jesus hung on the cross, suffered a terrible death, for you because he loves you that much.  Mary allowed her son to be sacrificed, her child for Me....for YOU!

The Bible says, "if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10

Trust in The Lord.  Believe in him. Give your Heart to Jesus. Confess your Sin. Become a Follower of Jesus instead of the world.....Put Good in Friday for Mary.

Have a Blessed Easter

I Serve a Risen Savior, He is in the world today, I know that he is living whatever men may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer; and just the time I need him, he's always near.

He is there for you too......Just ask him into your heart.


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