Friday, April 2, 2010

History's Blackest Black Moment

Today is Good Friday. And I know that politics and religion are the third rail of blogging, but sometimes this blog is about what I'm thinking. Today, I'm thinking about the day the forces of evil in this world won.

Or thought they did.

Jesus was betrayed with a kiss from a close friend. He was charged falsely and tried in a hastily assembled court in the middle of the night--a method of insuring any friends He had in the Sanhedrin might not hear about it until the matter was decided. His judges turned Him over to the civil authorities, who beat Him unrecognizable and then the same crowd that had hailed Him as their King only a few days earlier, now screamed for Him to be crucified. Oh, how we humans revel in the misery of others.

His dearest friends scattered and denied they even knew Him. As He trudged to Golgotha, Jesus was truly alone. Even as He died, hanging naked and helpless on the cross, His enemies mocked Him. In those dark hours, His Father turned His face away. Spiritually, Jesus was on the dark side of the moon.

And when He said, "It is accomplished" and expelled his last breath, Lucifer rejoiced. God was dead. Satan's enemy had taken a calculated risk by entering His creation as a man and now He was utterly destroyed. God had lost. He'd been rejected. The world belonged to the Fallen One and his angels. And Lucifer meant to rule. I imagine he fairly danced on the stone rolled over the entrance to Jesus's tomb.

But the powers of darkness didn't know everything.

And Sunday was coming.


Anna Carrasco Bowling said...

The ultimate black moment here, for sure, but what a HEA!

EmilyBryan said...

It certainly appears as if God has gone down in defeat. I'm sure the early Christians thought all was lost. I'm sure they doubted what they believed.

Even though He told them he'd rise, I'm sure they weren't thinking about that. Death is such an insult, such a smack in the face, it's hard to get beyond it.

Gillian Layne said...

What a powerful post, Emily. Beautifully done. And yes, it must have been so hard to believe there was any hope left.

EmilyBryan said...

Thanks, Gillian.

I never want anyone to feel I'm trashing their faith, but there are times I feel the need to share mine.

Jane L said...

I applaud you for sharing Emily! It seems like the world wants to be so politicaly correct. I think it is awesome we can have the freedom to not only choose our beleifs, but express them and encourage others to express theirs. Have a wonderful weekend!

EmilyBryan said...

Hi Jane! Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

Happy Easter!
And Sunday is coming!
What a Glorious Day!

JennJ said...

Wonderful post Emily and I applaud you for writing it! Bravo. A very Happy Easter to you and thank God that he is Risen and through his blood we are saved from that eternal darkness! :)


EmilyBryan said...

Happy Easter, Janet Kay and Jenn J.

I don't intend this post to denigrate anyone else's faith. I'm just celebrating mine. Glad you share it with me.

Glynis Peters said...

A powerful post Emily, thanks for sharing.
Easter is very big event for the Cypriots,(Greek Orthodox). It means more than Christmas to them. On Thursday special foods are prepared for Christ to eat on Sunday.

On Friday the bells tolled slowly in my village, they announce the death of Christ. On Saturday a canopy of flowers was carried around the village with a figure of Christ, lying in death. Everyone follows it around the streets, in mourning.
Saturday night, the whole village will gather in the church courtyard for midnight mass. They light a bonfire and Judas is burned. Service is held, Paschal candles are lit and held by adults, children have sparklers. The priest calls out, Christos Anesti,(he is risen). It is then called out by every villager and they bless each other. Fireworks and guns are fired in celebration. It is a sight to see, a true community event. I was overwhelmed at my first (2005). I had never seen anything like it in the UK.
1 am(Sunday)-BBQ's are lit from the embers of the fire and the Lenten fast is over. Eating lamb at 2am seems to make it tastier.

Enjoy your weekend. Kalo Pascha from Cyprus.

EmilyBryan said...

Glynis--That sounds like a wonderful celebration. I'll have to put observing Easter on Cyprus on my "bucket list."