Do not rush through the sorrow of Good Friday. Good Friday is not to be sprinted through so that we can arrive at the certain ending that brings us all hope. Along with the joy and elation of the resurrection, there is a need to experience the loss. There is a time to weep, a time to mourn (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7
Sometime today, linger over the bitterness of His anguish. Weep with him in the garden. Feel the weight of your sin, the burden of your soul. Until you journey through Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday is empty. Before we can celebrate the resurrection we must acknowledge the suffering.
Before the disciples dine with him, he must wash the feet of his betrayer at the last supper.
Before his followers can see his glorified resurrected body, crowds must spit upon his beaten back.
Before the women fall and touch his feet, sodiers must drive nails through them.
Before the angel proclaims He is Not HERE, His mother must weep because he was THERE.
Before Peter can be restored to His faith, the thief must be with Him in paradise.
Before the stone is rolled away, the cross must be raised.