When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. – John 19:30
It is now the early morning of Holy Saturday. I have been reflecting all day on Good Friday.
Here we all are, in the middle of this pandemic, living in what we believe to be a new world, living a different life, one we do not recognize at all. Easter is this Sunday and we are all “self-isolating” for the holiest of days. Many of us separated from family. Some of us have lost a loved one.
It would be easy to feel despair. It would be easy to feel depressed. Probably the kind of feelings that Jesus’ followers must have felt. Pain. Grief. Fear.
However, they did not know the end of the story. Or should I say the beginning?
There is an end to the pain. There is life after death. There is an Easter Sunday for all of us.
The Good News?!?!
We are not alone. We may feel that way, isolated from our friends and members of our families. But we are loved.
We are loved by them.
We are loved by Jesus.
And on Easter Sunday, we will celebrate our Risen Lord.