Good Friday and Easter and "The Wait"
All worthy things are worth waiting for.
Most everyone knows the story. “and on the third day he rose” or some say “rose again”. But just where did this “Good Friday” and “Easter” come from?
I promise you not from the Bible. Not from the accounts of the day, history or even legend. “Good Friday” and “Easter” are made wholly from clothe of religion. Here we do not care really what the origins are as many claim it to be pagan and others coming somehow from Passover. These debates are entirely worthless. Religion made up Good Friday and Easter.
And here is the really interesting part, they are really cool and really work for the notion to be celebrated and contemplated. For this author the best of the days is the one in between. The day of waiting. Because we know what is coming and it is awesome. Saturday in between is better than Christmas Eve or the day before a big birthday party for you!
“The Wait” is so cool. Because we already know the outcome. Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy He is coming.
I love waiting for a great movie to come out or my favorite author to write a new book or for Springtime to come. I really loved waiting for my four babies to be born. (not so much their mom;-0
So this completely manmade tradition is very righteous. It fires us up and gets us thinking about how fantastic the whole Love of God is for us.
So many Christians rail against the churches and religions and dogma and doctrine.
And perhaps they should in many instances, like the Inquisitions and persecutions of lesser denominations. Perhaps they should when the leaders are more interested in their power and places of authority. Perhaps they should when scripture is translated to support policy rather than love. Perhaps they should when monies are spent on splendid robes and icons and glorious buildings rather than feeding the poor or running hospitals and schools. Or perhaps they should when more time is spent on condemnation rather than elevation. When each sermon contains a guilt plea for more money.
And then we have Christmas and Palm Sunday and Good Friday, The Wait and Easter. So we share traditions that are marvelous and that our religiosity and churches came up with in order for us to have concrete scheduled times to Love our God. These traditions may make all the perceived hypocrisy almost irrelevant. To bring several billion people together in prayer is super duper powerful. And after The Wait that prayer will be in thanksgiving for God’s Love for us. And about Christ who is, was and shall always be pure Love.
No matter how you look at it that is a fantastic wonderful miracle.
I know there are armchair Christians who think the traditions are foolish and some that rally against them. But just think about that even that is thinking about the Glory of the Resurrection. Not just Christ’s rebirth but all of ours.
Sending you angels
Many traditions have the wait
Especially Eastern “religions” have traditions regarding a wait between death and a rest or a reincarnation or perfection. And as strange as it sounds most have like a three day wait. Some even have a wait of three days between death and burial or one tied to a calendar set by heavenly bodies.
This notion of the wait is doggone near universal. I know an atheist scientist of forensic nature. And he explained to me once that in general, with obvious environmental influence differences, after death it takes about three days for the body to really start decomposing. Sure things start happening earlier but not to a significant physical degree. Now that is interesting when we talk about the wait.
Normally in my rose garden it takes three days for a bud to fully open. The wait is always worth it.
None of that is relevant I suppose except some could argue that the natural 3 day and common 3 day traditions explain the Biblical 3 days, does that really matter?
From the tiniest seed this tree grew
So you have this World in turmoil
And you have one thousand denominations practicing all kinds of different rituals. You have Evangelicals not following any traditions and some pastors refusing to allow for any special celebration except observance. And you have millions of Christians that do not even attend a service during these three days. You have a billion or so that just finished some type of fasting for lent.
And you have Jewish peoples that do not recognize Christ as the Messiah yet still recognize the holiness of Christ. And you have millions of Muslims recognizing Jesus as a prophet of extreme closeness to God.
And you have agnostics thinking a little harder. And you have Atheist showing respect to back off the heated debate during this time.
And that is a miracle. From Africa to Mongolia, from Moscow to Los Angeles from Montreal to Melbourne and New Delhi to Jamaica and on and on there is more peace in these days than others.
Now if that bothers people, they have a flaw. A very serious flaw.
What do you think?
Can the actions of man be miracles?
Is it possible that this mere fact of the world praying is evidence of something beyond us?
I have a very interesting theory about the miracle of Jesus feeding thousands with just a few pieces of bread and a few fish. It goes like this: In these times robes were worn and within “belts” or “pockets” in those robes were what today we would carry in a knapsack or bag including food. Now because of the huge crowd and people’s fears and greed or just plain hunger they would basically hide their food for themselves. Just like we would today. We do not just normally walk around sharing our food with strangers in a large crowd. And if everyone acts in such a way, everyone would think that the food they had was all there was and of course secret it away.
But the Love shown by Jesus and his caring for the crowd spread through the crowd and they became ashamed and then slowly brought out their hidden bread and fish and as one did another would see that there was no food scare and break out his food.
By finally acting in love and sharing there was so much food that much was left over after they celebrated and ate with each other.
Now many will say “no, no that is blasphemy it was a miracle”. And the answer to that is that the sharing by so many and the love shown and the fear going away is in fact a miracle. God works through man to create many miracles.
The point here is that Good Friday and Easter are miracles in how they bring so much peace and joy and renewal of hope and love to the world.
Perhaps “The Wait” is also part of that miracle.
We anticipate the Good News and we anxiously already know the outcome because we have read or been taught through tradition. We remember the fear during this time for the followers of Christ for even though He taught them what would happen they had little faith. Perhaps we have little faith but it would seem that during the wait our faith is tested a little also for we have just a little doubt and a little fear. And so the waiting is the hardest yet the best time of all for by being tested just a bit our love and faith grows stronger.