Darkness Before the Dawn

Welcome to Holy Week!

This is the week in the church year where Christians walk through the final days and hours of Jesus Christ on earth before His crucifixion.  It is the darkest week in the entire year.

During this week Christians remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with the 12 Disciples.  On this night He taught them in words and actions on how to truly serve one another and the world. Also in this week Jesus is falsely accused, put on trial and wrongly convicted and quickly sentenced to death on a cross (a most horrific method of death).

As Christians we watch Jesus suffer and die not for anything that He has done but simply because He loves the world and willingly does whatever is needed to save the world from itself. It is a dark, dark hour.

In life there are dark periods.  Times where it seems impossible that it could possibly get better.  There is no hope.  There is no light at the end of the tunnel.  All hope is lost.

This feeling of hopelessness can be overwhelming.  The situation only seems to get worse and worse.  How could one possibly think it would get better?  When would one begin to help make it better?  No words can be uttered that can magically change everything.

It is darkest and there is no dawn.

While this is Holy Week and ends with darkness and Christ’s death it is not the finale.  Easter is on the horizon.

See, Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and was buried in a tomb. But He did not stay there.  Three days later on Easter morning He rose from the grave conquering sin, death and the devil. He is alive!  There is a dawning of a new day!

Those dark times in our lives do eventually get better.  Whether circumstances change themselves or we receive God’s peace to persevere through it all. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

It may be dark right now but the new dawn is coming.

During this week do not lose hope.  As you journey to the cross with Christ and witness His death but comforted knowing Easter is coming. Dawn will break.

Whatever difficulties you are facing in your life be encouraged.  It may feel like only Good Friday with no hope in sight.  But remember Easter is three days away.  There is a new dawn on the horizon. Christ is not dead in the tomb.  He is alive and standing right beside you helping you through it all.  He is your hope and your salvation.

This Week’s Challenge:

Reflect on how your life with Jesus Christ is different now then your life without Him. How does your life reflect this new joy? What could you do to continue to live out the hope He give you?

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