Halfway Out of the Dark

The Dark before the Dawn

Today is that weird in between. Yesterday was Good Friday, a terrible great day. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus told of his death and gave a command to remember Him. On Friday, He was tortured and killed. When we hear of anyone who is seemingly good having terrible disaster befall them, we think it's a tragedy. Yet, when it happens to the only perfect One, it is so horrendous it's hard to even find words to adequately describe it.

Thankfully, we know what tomorrow brings. But today, today is often forgotten in the Easter week. Today is the day in the dark. Those who lived in the time of Jesus experienced this day, after He died, wondering, waiting, crying. Depressed, confused, completely bewildered. What could they have been thinking. Jesus spent a few years teaching about God's kingdom, about how He is the way to eternal life. He claimed to be the Savior, the Messiah, the one to restore everything. Yet, where is he? He died, he's absent, it was all for naught.

So it would seem when you're in the dark. In the dark, hope seems lost. In the dark, you don't know where to go, you can't make heads from tails, and it seems like you'll never get out of the dark. In the dark, we forget what it's like to be in the light, yet the light is coming.

Halfway Out of the Dark

On Doctor Who, there was a quote in last year's Christmas episode.

On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, "Well done. Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark."

We all go through periods of darkness, times in our life when we can't see what's coming next. A time when it seems that everything you've been told was a lie, nothing makes sense, and we feel like life is pointless. But at the darkest point in your life, you're halfway out of the dark. The light is coming, the sun is rising.

The Son has risen. May we open our eyes to see the light and not remain in the dark.

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