Today commemorates a historical event that occurred over two thousand years ago: the death or Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. After his last meal (Last Supper) with his disciples, Jesus was killed as a common criminal on a cross. Even if you are not into “this Jesus thing”, it is reasonable to assume that the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a day of pain, suffering, and sadness. So why do we now refer to that day as “Good Friday”?
Although it is now an obsolete definition, “good” used to mean “holy”. And since the week before Easter is considered the Holy Week and holy meant good, we now have Good Friday. There are other explanations for how we got the name “Good Friday.” One theory is that what happened on Calvary was ultimately good—Jesus paid the price for our sins. Another theory is that God died on this Friday and since “good” is related to “God”, thus Good Friday.
But what does this all mean for us today? It means that we can live our lives with hopeful expectations. We can expect that God will do good things for us, through us, and because of us. We should remain hopeful about our expectations to make a difference, even when we encounter difficulties or delays. What expectations do you have of yourself and your situation? Are you hopeful about positive outcomes at this point in your life?
Here are a few insights from Scripture regarding expectations and hope:
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people (Ephesians 1:18).
18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. (Job 11:18).
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Wisdom for Your Week
If you keep working, hoping, and expecting, the outcome might be rewarding.