Oh my goodness when I read the word prompt for five minute Friday this week I just smiled at the irony, gentle on a day that was far from gentle for our saviour.
He was beaten
He was mocked
A crown of thorns placed on his head.
The nails hammered through his hands,
The spear pierced through his side.
Not gentle, not kind, not right.
Yet this man so gentle and kind bore this pain, bore this torture, died for us.
I struggle through Good Friday, I mean how can you find the words to honour this sacrifice. To breathe life into the holiness of the love Jesus had for me. I often find myself looking forward to Easter Sunday excited to celebrate the resurrection. Yet this time inbetween needs to be felt, this closed tomb needs to be understood.
How often in life do we focus on the good that’s coming. A journey is always about the destination, but is it? Shouldn’t we sometimes slow down and view the world that we pass As we start towards our end. Maybe we would see some wondrous sights or maybe not , yet to look is never a waste, to rush is to miss.
So as we sit in this in between time I often think of those that loved Jesus. How did they feel? Did they know without doubt that he would return? Did they trust? What would I have done, I mean I know I will be reunited with my daughter one day but I still grieve. This time in between feels hard. I know that come Sunday the tomb will be empty but this space is hard.
Yet I know without a doubt that I will hold my girl again.
Because of a gentle man who suffered a horrific death
because he loved me.
Jesus the gentle breath than fills my lungs with salvation. From nail pierced hands to my promise of eternity.
Not a gentle love, a saviours love.
Join in with five minute Friday. Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.