Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Today is Good Friday. Many people question why it is called Good when such bad things happened on that day so many years ago. The thinking is that although it was a horrible death, it brought about incredible good. And many people pause to remember on Good Friday the magnitude of the sacrifice Jesus made for the world he loved that was hell-bent on rejecting him.
Pausing to remember is the basic underlying principle of Sabbath. It is a day to pause and remember all that God has done for us. On Holy Week we have two Sabbaths that bring remembering to the forefront. One is a day to pause and contemplate the death of a good man who willingly accepted an excruciating death, offered forgiveness to those who were killing him, and who put his complete trust in God. The second is to pause and remember that we worship a God who can overcome death, roll away our sins, and transform logic into the theologic of joy and life eternal. That’s a lot to remember!
And that is a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate.
Pausing, taking time, to remember, to give thanks and to celebrate is what gives our Sabbaths and our Sabbath moments meaning and purpose. And in turn it is what gives our lives meaning and purpose.
Pause today, Sunday and each day throughout the work to remember how blessed you are, how gracious God is, and how one man gave his life for the forgiveness of many.
Be blessed for we know “He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!”