23. November, 2017Devotionals Comments Off on Black Friday

Matthew 25: 45, 46 – From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

The last Thursday in November is celebrated as thanksgiving throughout North America. On this day, families gather together for food and fellowship. The day after Thanksgiving is known as ‘Black Friday’. Individuals camp overnight in parking lots and push their way through huge crowds to get into stores to buy the wide variety of items that are on sale. They suffer inconvenience and brave the elements because they believe the bargains that they will find in stores are worth the discomfort that they endure.

Just over two thousand years ago, there was another black Friday. Crowds thronged the streets shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” as Jesus made his way to Golgotha. He walked the journey alone being ridiculed by the jeering crowd. On Calvary’s hill the Saviour of the world was placed on a cross between two thieves as Satan the thief tried to steal our salvation. While He hung on tree, mankind did not recognise the darkness of the hour but the elements did. The people could see nothing as the sun hid its face from view for three hours making it a literal black Friday. As God hid his face from His Son He felt abandoned as the darkness covered Him like a shroud and the past, present and future sins of the world pressed down on Him. That black Friday Jesus paid the price for our redemption. We do not have to join any long lines or camp out in any parking lots. All we have to do is say yes to Jesus and we can receive the gift of salvation.

Every day lived outside of Christ is a black day. He offers life for death and light for darkness. Walk out of the dark recesses of sin and claim the salvation that Jesus offers so He can be the light of your life.

By: Andrea Francis