Scripture: John 13:36-38
Key verses: (36-38) Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.”
Reflection: On Good Friday the light disappears. We are tired at the end of Lent, weary from the journey to the cross. Today, from noon until three, we will watch as the world grows dark. It is not an eclipse but an experience similar where we remember the cross. We remember the death we follow. We remember the darkness that followed after Jesus took his last breath.
When Jesus said his final good-byes to those he loved, he told Peter of his betrayal. Peter moves into this darkness with denial for the one he loved, fulfilling the prediction of Christ. We remember Peter’s betrayal today. We experience the darkness of Good Friday as we are honest about our own broken promises and rejection. Darkness looms with lost hopes, grief, death, broken relationships. Good Friday invites us to sit in the darkness.
We don’t remain in the darkness. The journey to Easter continues and we carry with us hope and the promise of resurrection and redemption.
Prayer: As we remember the Good Friday events of long ago, O God, give us courage to linger in the darkness holding tight to hope found in the promise of resurrection. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].