Our “Good Friday” is called “Karfreitag” in German. “Karfreitag” can be translated to “Grieving Friday”. The “Kar” part actually comes from the jewish word “kara”, which means grief, sorrow, distress, etc.
As I do most days, today I visited challies.com to read Tim Challies’ latest post. He has been reading the book The Cross He Bore by Frederick Leahy and chose a very powerful quote from the book to speak about today…
“At Bethlehem, when the Saviour was born, the night was changed to day as the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds. On Golgotha the day gave way to night as Christ sank deeper and deeper into the abyss of damnation. At Bethlehem there were countless angels praising God; on Golgotha legions of darkness filled the impenetrable gloom, hoping that darkness would finally triumph over light.
Golgotha was so different from the mount of transfiguration where the Lord conversed with Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophets (Mark 9:2-4). There, for a brief moment, the glory of deity broke through the veil of flesh, a fleeting glimpse of the radiant splendour of Christ when he comes at the end of this age “in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).
Between the shining forth of glory at the transfiguration and the glory of the second coming, however, lies the heavy darkness of Golgotha.
At the creation, God, at an early stage, introduced light. Yet now he leaves his Son suspended in darkness at midday…”