JOURNEY TO EASTER - GOOD FRIDAY

There is pervading darkness that settles in on Good Friday. When viewed from a place of “pre-resurrection” it appears all hope is lost. Even the followers of Jesus recoil from Jesus and the pain of loss. They flee for safety. (Matthew 26:47-56) Peter denies three times knowing Jesus after swearing he would never leave him. (Matthew 26:31-35; 69-75)

It is necessary to sit in the depth of sorrow, confusion, and loss on Good Friday.

In a scandalous way, the Jesus story unfolds, once again we are left confused right alongside Jesus’ disciples. There is a deep question of “Why?”

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JOURNEY TO EASTER - MISSING DETAILS

There are multiple accounts in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John of Jesus predicting His death to His disciples. In each of these accounts, Jesus shares the information in various amounts and ways. The theme, though, that we see in all of these accounts is that Christ revealed the details gradually. He took His disciples on a journey of sorts. Beginning with vague references, and then adding more details as the disciples begin to discover and believe in who He was. Because of this we see the beginnings of the angst, tension, uncertainty, and more that was experienced on that journey to the cross. The journey to redemption.

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JOURNEY TO EASTER - DEFIED EXPECTATIONS

Jesus defies expectations. Always. He exceeds them. And when we try to place expectations on Him from the confines of our finite minds-He seemingly fails them. Yet, in reality, He is still defying and exceeding them. We have just simply underestimated Him and how He works in our lives. He was defying expectations at each step that took Him closer to the cross.

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