If my people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7: 14
Today is Black Friday. It’s the one day that all retailers prepare for the day after Thanksgiving. Who can resist the draw of Christmas shopping for reduced pricing? As each year passes, the Black Friday seems to become more important and prominent than Thanksgiving Day.
Last night I was driving back to my apartment, and I noticed that the local mall’s parking lot was completely packed with some cars parked in the grass. It wasn’t even 10PM yet. I’m already bracing myself for hearing news of people badgering the cashiers, verbally and physically assaulting each other, or just being overtly selfish. Yeah, Black Friday is very much the most materialistic day of the American year, but it also seems to be the day that has the potential to show the darkest part of the human heart.
With that in mind, this day makes me think of the darkest Black Friday in history…The day that Christ died on the cross. This day isn’t just an infamous day in human history, but also one of the most pivotal moments that affected eternity. The very people who had waved palm leaves and shouted “Hosannah!” just a week ago were turned into a riled up crowd greedy for shed blood screaming “Crucify him!”
It’s so easy to think, “How horrible those people were to allow Jesus to be crucified! I would never have allowed that.” I don’t think I can say that. I’m honestly not sure how this sinful heart would have reacted if I were alive during Christ’s life on earth. What’s reassuring is that Christ is as merciful today as He was on the cross. Even after He was forcibly humbled by being beaten, scourged, mocked, and rejected by His own people, He still used some of His last breaths to utter:
“Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.”
No greater mercy has ever been or will be shown as what Christ accomplished. I will never understand why or how Jesus was able to be so merciful and gracious as He died for us taking on the product of the curse. We deserved death, but Jesus took on our penalty and provided resurrection for our dead souls.
If you get caught up with the shopping frenzy or get annoyed by all the shopping hype, just remind yourself of the Cross. Never before existed One so precious and Costly whose shed blood was the price for our Free salvation from sin! If that’s not the greatest deal imaginable, I don’t know what is.