Retailers and shop-a-holics love ‘Black Friday’ (the day after Thanksgiving), because it officially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, resulting in profits for the retailers and bargains for shoppers. The appeal of drastic price reductions and sales can draw huge crowds and bring out the worst in humor behavior as customers fight, push and even shoot others to get the items they want – in the name of getting a good ‘deal’. I was curious about the name ‘Black Friday’ and found out that it is a negative connotation, due to the mayhem and violence that occurs on what is the start of what should be a festive time of year; the days leading to Christmas.
Christians around the world recognize and celebrate today as “Good Friday”. The gospels record that this particular Friday ended with Jesus being crucified and killed at the hands of those who hated Him, leaving his disciples confused and wondering about their own fate. Their Lord, leader and friend had been viciously beaten and attacked and then hung on a cross for all the world to see. While He was hanging between heaven earth, between life and death, our Father turned His face away because of the repulsive sin that Jesus bore for each of us. And in the middle of the day, for three hours, the sun refused to shine. The day became dark and black. How could anyone see this horrible BLACK FRIDAY as good? It’s because the story doesn’t end there. Although death marks the end of life (as we know it), this death was unlike any other. Jesus’ death marked the beginning…the beginning of new life for believers because He triumphed over death, with a new and resurrected body and showed the world the power of God! God has given a promise to those that believe, that we shall live eternally. .
Take action now: Meditate on Luke 24:6-7 – “He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” (Common English Bible).
Embrace this truth: Jesus gave His all for you; you should do your best to give your all for Him.