About two millennium ago, this day had to be the toughest day for the followers of Jesus the Anointed One. They had followed him for years believing in his teachings and now he was gone. He had been crucified due to the desires of the leaders of the Jewish faith who worshipped the same God.
I know how it feels when I have lost a loved one, but how much more were they distraught to think that the Messiah had been murdered? Was there rage against those who plead with Pontius Pilate to have him killed? Was there rage against the Romans who tortured Jesus and mocked him before executing Him? Did they turn their rage against Judas for his part in the plot? Or were they completely distraught and lost?
Today we call yesterday ‘Good Friday’ because we know what happened on the third day, but back then yesterday and today had to be days of mourning and feeling lost. It had to be a time where some questioned their belief. A time where the followers of Jesus had to feel like their world had come to an end.
It is similar to many of today’s Christians: you are raised in the faith; you question your faith and stray for a time; and then return to be reborn. Find strength in your beliefs for we are just hours away from the celebration for He is risen!