It is finished…the last words Jesus spoke before taking his last breath. Although today is referred to as Good Friday, it is a somber day for me. When I think of Mary at the foot of the cross watching her son, whom she loved, give his life for us, I could weep. Her faith was strong, but how difficult that moment must have been for her. Later today, I will attend a service at my church in which our pastors will recount these last moments of Jesus’ life, then we exit the chapel in silence. No one says a word, we just look ahead to Sunday.
However, this year will be different. Yes, I will be attending service (albeit with a limited number of people), but my thoughts are also on all the losses we have experienced over the past year: all the heartache, all the hate, all the restrictions, all the suffering, all the lost hope. Throughout today and Saturday, I will be spending a lot of quiet time in reflection and prayer. Just as Mary, Jesus’ mother, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene did after the burial of Jesus in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. I know what Sunday brings, but I also need to remember the sacrifice made on the cross by my Savior.
After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “it is finished.” Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit. ~John 19:28-30
I pray you take some time to remember this day when darkness covered the land, the Earth quaked, the curtain was torn, and many were raised from the dead, as our sinless Savior took his last breath and gave up his spirit.
Pray – Lord, as I reflect on this day, I pray I do not rush the events of the coming days. Give me time to mourn the death of your son, Jesus. I pray for the strength to remain by the cross and the tomb just as the women who loved Jesus did. As I carry the grief and the loss, my heart breaks. It is finished. Amen.