Instead of “Black Friday,” remember “Good Friday.”
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures…. 1 Corinthians 15:3
My wife and I were in town with our first-born who was just a year-and-a-half old.
We had hosted Thanksgiving at our rented home in Mayville, Wisconsin – my dad and step-mom were in town for the holiday.
But the night before we had received word that my grandmother had died after a prolonged illness.
After Thanksgiving dinner, we drove down to Northern Illinois, dropped my dad and step-mom off where my aunt picked them up, and arrived at my mother’s home.
The funeral would be Saturday, so we had all of Friday free. That’s when I suggested we go to the mall to hang out for a while. My mom agreed to watch our son while we headed over to the mall.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving.
I didn’t think that one through really well.
We were packed in like sardines in a can. I had heard of “Black Friday” crowds before and since. But that was the only time I had ever been a part of one.
It was fascinating! So many people. Not really walking around because there was no room to really walk. My wife and I found a spot next to a wall to just stand and watch in wonder.
Tens of thousands of people shuffled by. The noise was like the dull roar of the ocean.
“Black Friday” is a day where avarice and selfishness are distinctly on display.
But there was another Friday, a previous Friday, that grace and selflessness were on display.
There were also crowds – it was a holiday weekend as well. The murmur of the crowd reached roaring crescendo several times.
But one man was silent. He stood before the crowd. The crowd was not buying what he was offering.
Free of charge, by the way.
Not a black Friday, but the Good Friday.
Salvation that is yours and mine as a free gift!
Whatever you are doing this Black Friday – shopping, decorating, or recovering from your Thanksgiving feast – keep in mind that the Friday Christians call Good means more than any bargain or sale.
You are saved by the grace of God. Jesus Christ loves you and wants to spend eternity with you.
Heavenly Father, on this Black Friday I am reminded of Good Friday when your love for us knew no bounds. Through the sacrificial death of your Son I am forgiven and given the gift of eternal life. Thank you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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