Good Friday: a comma, not a full stop
Today it is Good Friday, the start of three days which changed the world forever. As we celebrate Easter, I want to remind you that Good Friday is but a comma in the Easter story, it is not a full stop.
When we use a comma it is always to pause, to take a breath before we continue the sentence. Good Friday is exactly that, it's a pause before the Easter story continues. If we stopped just on the day Jesus was crucified, we would be missing the power of the Easter story.
The limp, broken and bruised body of Jesus was not the end, it was merely a time to pause, a time for His followers to take a moment and absorb all that had occurred. They didn't know it at the time, they likely believed this was a full stop moment in time. And I'm sure we can understand how they were feeling - their messiah, this man who claimed to be the son of God had just died a most gruesome death.
Yet despite this, the story was not finished. It wasn't a full stop moment, because so much more was to come. When Jesus rose from the grave on that third morning, it became evident to everyone who saw him, everyone who heard the news, even to the soldiers guarding the tomb, that there was another chapter to the Easter story.
And it is this moment, this period of time following the comma, which gives us reason to celebrate and be joyful. Jesus conquered death, he defeated sickness and disease and he did what no person had ever done before on that Sunday morning - he came back to life!!
So as we remember and celebrate Easter, can I encourage you to think about those moments in your life when you feel like the sentence has been finished, like a full stop has been placed there. Maybe that is not actually the case at all, perhaps God is just putting in a comma to allow you a moment to pause and ponder, to reflect and re-evaluate, in order to be ready for your very own "come back to life" moment.