Most Christians are aware of the vicious worldwide assault on religious freedom. Even in the United States the liberty promised by our First Amendment is under attack.
The extreme persecution in our day may cause some to question if there is reason to have hope; this is surely the way the disciples felt when Jesus was nailed to the cross.
Jesus, the “Messiah,” “The Light of the World” who had come to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom from religious burdens and societal structures, was dead.
The oppressive civil government of that day, responding to evil cultural leaders, thought they had stamped out Christianity even before it could begin.
The crucifixion of Jesus brought a gloom and darkness upon the earth, and in the hearts of the disciples of Jesus.
However, they found assurance in the words of the prophet Isaiah that came flooding into their minds, even as they do ours today:
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you,” (Isa 60:1-2).
Rejoice, Rejoice! Our Lord has risen, He is alive!
Good Friday, yes, but Sunday is coming! Arise, and allow His Light to brighten this dark world!