How often we use the expression TGIF – Thank God, it’s Friday. Teachers sigh with relief as the weekend approaches. Factory workers seek a change of pace from the tiring routines of the assembly line. Wall Street traders leave the hectic noise of the exchange. TGIF – Thank God, It’s Friday.
No such relief for the son of God. Friday brought the greatest intensity of His Suffering. Mark simply records, “Then they led Him out to crucify Him’’ (Mark 15: 20). Arrested, tried, of agonizing pain await His weakened body. He bears our sins, the sins of the world, on His shoulders and fights the combined forces of Satan, sin, and the death. Instead of saying “TGIF,’’ Jesus cries out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’’ (Matthew 27:46).
But in that death He wins victory by His once-for-all sacrifice. “It is finished!’’ becomes His triumphant cry. Justified by His blood, we enjoy peace with God. That Friday in Holy Week becomes Good Friday year after year.
How much more pertinent to think of Jesus every Friday. TGIF – not mere relief from the week’s work through a week-end relaxation, but a reminder of Good Friday and eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank God, it’s Friday.
Reference: Romans 5:6-11
Written by: Pius Isaac Sedofia