DON’T MOURN ON GOOD FRIDAYS
In the program of God, the ‘end-time’ is earmarked for deeper knowledge. Daniel 12:4 says “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased”. If our days are the last days, then we are undoubtedly in the dispensation of correction of previous religious errors. Time has come when Christians will have to draw distinct lines between religiosity and spirituality. Religiosity has to do with the worship of God from carnal perspectives while spirituality has to do with worshiping God in spirit and in truth (John 4:21-23).
Spiritually speaking, ‘Good Fridays’ should be days of joy and not of mourning. Our early faith fathers who named the day ‘Good Friday’ where really divinely inspired. Good things must attract joy and not sorrow or mourning. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a good thing which must be embraced with rejoicing instead of mourning. Unfortunately, some ‘Christians’ think mourning is a proof of spirituality so they mourn our Lord Jesus’ death on ‘Good Fridays’. Of course that is an error which must be corrected.
Perusing through the interactions which went on between Jesus and His early disciples, will help us understand how we are expected to behave in relation to Jesus’ death and resurrection. When our Lord Jesus Christ announced His death and resurrection among His disciples, Peter openly showed his displeasure (which could be likened to mourning) but Jesus rebuked him. “From that time forth, began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan; thou art an offence to me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” – Matthew 16:21-23.
Jesus expected Peter to express gladness and joy on hearing the news of His death and resurrection because dying and resurrecting to save mankind is good news. Well, looking at it from carnal perspective dying is not a good thing and of course that was why Peter reacted that way. Jesus told Peter that he was an offence to Him because he was not viewing what Jesus told them from the perspective of God but from the perspective of men: “for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” In other words, Peter was religious and not spiritual.
BE OF GOOD CHEER
When we study the Scriptures meditatively, we will find out that prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, He educated His disciples about the mood He expected them to be in, when the impending events concerning His death and resurrection begin to unfold.“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. – John 16:32-33.
“In me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer.” This means:From spiritual perspective (in Jesus), you will have peace but from carnal perspective (in the world), you will have sorrow (tribulation). But be of good cheer concerning my death because by my death and resurrection I have won victory for you (I have overcome the world).
Jesus expects to see His disciples joyful or cheerful when observing matters regarding His death and resurrection. ‘Good Friday’ should be a day of celebration not a day of mourning.
HE CALLED THEM FOOLS
At a time, Jesus appeared to two of His disciples after His crucifixion and called them fools because they were mourning His death. “And behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus….And it came to pass, that while they communed together….Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden… And he said unto them, what manner of communications are these that ye have…and are sad? And they said unto him concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a great prophet mighty in deed… And how…our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him…Then he said unto them, O fools, …ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” – Luke 24:13-20, 25-26.
Jesus sees those who mourn His death as fools. Cladding ourselves in black cloth and organizing mournful services during ‘Good Fridays’ only makes us religious but not spiritual. On the cross, Jesus was not defeated. On the contrary He was victorious! When He said “It is finished!” He meant your weeping and mourning are over and it is the dawning of a new era of joy and gladness for you! Let us therefore quit religiosity and embrace spirituality. Good days are not for mourning but for rejoicing! Beloved, do not mourn on ‘Good Fridays’.