"Black Friday"

J. D. Conley
November 29, 2015

Day before yesterday, retail merchandisers engaged in marking down prices of many of their most popular items in stock. This long standing practice results with an influx of cash into their coffers, with the added benefit of more money in the pockets of the buyers. Hence the term "Black Friday," as opposed to being "in the red," buyers and sellers are "in the black," so to speak financially. This makes the day after Thanksgiving the busiest and most profitable shopping day of the year. It is remarkable the time and energy that is invested by both the retailers and the consumers, to pull this event off. The stores make massive preparations, regarding inventory and advertising, as well as manning the stores for the longer hours. The shoppers will either camp outside the store all night or arrive at the store's doors before daylight, hoping to be one of the first shoppers inside to purchase the reduced item. That Black Friday was two days ago.

But there was another Black Friday, literally (Matthew 27:45). It took place two-thousand years ago on the brow of a hill outside the walls of Jerusalem. It was there Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, paid the price for man's black sins. The price was steep. It was not slashed in any way, marked down, or paid with what amounted to bargain basement coupons, No! Our sins, and the sins of the whole world, (1 John 2:2), were paid for with the precious crimson blood of Christ, (IPeter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5).

On the first day of every week, Christians remember that Black Friday and the awful things our Lord suffered and endured for them. We remember the terrible whipping He took, the mockery of the soldiers, the slapping and the spitting in the face He subjected Himself to. The cruel insults hurled at Him - and of course - the nails, the thorny crown, the cross and the spear. Truly, it was the darkest day in history, apart from the blocking out of the sun for those three long hours. It was a day unlike any other. Immediately after Jesus gasped His last breath, the tall, heavy thick veil of the temple was ripped in half "from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose." Matthew 27:51-52.

Gladly, we're instructed to remember more than that gloomy 6th day of the week. In glorious contrast we recount His resurrection two days later on Sunday. In accordance to (Acts 20:7) Christians partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week to remember His death, burial and resurrection.

What a stupendous act of love Jesus demonstrated on that dark Friday two millennia ago. He redeemed us, bought us back in spite of our sinful condition. May we be excited and thrilled to make whatever sacrifice is necessary to remain faithful and loyal to Him.