Of what? Your career? Your personal life? Your vacation? The three most important days of what? Given the right perspective the last three days from Good Friday to Easter are the most significant in a Christian’s life. But most Bible believing Christian’s know that, so why write about it the day after Easter and not before?
For most people, it’s just another Monday and time to get back into our old routine. But for the Christian the last three days from Good Friday to Easter are not only the most significant days in the church calendar, but in the life of a true believer. They are not only ones to remember as if in the past, but to be lived as in a continuous cycle.
We not only recall Good Friday, but need to return to it frequently, because it is the basis of our forgiveness of sins. It is not only the day when Christ died on a cross and conquered sin and death, but it is the conviction of sin that can daily lead us to the cross of Good Friday. It is here where our sins can be washed away and cleansed on a daily basis. Yet it is not a place to remain at all the time, as Christ did not stay on that cross indefinitely. He was buried.
So too we are buried with Christ on Good Friday. Though our old sin nature can raise its ugly head, we are so thankful for the forgiveness of our sins. Yet like Christ, we lay in the tomb, waiting for the work of Christ to be formed in us through the next day. Saturday, a day and time of trusting, hoping, having faith.
The Saturday after Good Friday is one we remain in often. For Christ, it was a time of victory as a hidden work. He did many unseen things that day as He descended into hell and took the keys of sin and death from Satan. For us it is a time of trusting, trusting God that He is at work even when we can’t see Him at work. Often in the liturgical calendar this day has no great significance. It’s just a day that separates Good Friday from Easter. Yet for us, we may say there a long time, like Moses or Abraham, waiting for the promise, which then breaks forth and shines gloriously on Easter.
Easter is that glorious experience of resurrection life, those glorious days when we feel renewed spiritually and emotionally. When light overcomes darkness in our life. When we are on the mountaintop, close to God, feeling the warmth of life, joy, peace and happiness. It is those days when light fills our life, promises are realized and life is good. Yet we don’t stay here, but must climb down the mountain into the valley below.
And the cycle of life and death begins again. Our sins bring death and need to be confessed, so we journey the Calvary Road to Good Friday. For the Christian, it is a never ending cycle. Three days of Christ’s life, Good Friday to Easter, we live over and over again–dying to sin, waiting and hoping for the promise to be fulfilled, and then glorious, resurrection life!