Last Friday believers all around the world remembered Good Friday and its significance. Our church too did the same. We had a wonderful time of worship. Worship was special as those who were “young and younger” were invited out of their seats and to the front to praise freely. Little did we know that the space in front was for another reason; a movie. The pastoral team showed us part of “A Tale of Two Esthers”. The tale that we watched was that of Esther Mok and her grueling experience with SARS. She was the first carrier of the disease into Singapore. She went through incredible guilt and grief as she lost her parents, Uncle and a pastor who visited her, while she survived. Yet, God was and is faithful to her and brought her through it all. It was a powerful tale and testimony. Here is a reflection by one of our church members on Good Friday.
A Look Back on Good Friday by Bev
Good Friday is good because He is good. He showed us his mercy and perfect love by sending his only beloved son to drink the cup of wrath that was reserved for us and to pay the price of our sins on the cross. Good Friday is good because it is a day of victory for death lost its sting and the veil was torn so that we can be reconciled with God again. God’s presence permeated so strongly the sanctuary on the morning of Good Friday as he heard his people sing and proclaim of his goodness and declare his powerful name, which nothing can stand against.
“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
As I watched the story of Esther Mok, the verse that came to mind was the later part of John 16:33 which reads, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God never promised us that our time in this world is going to be comfortable, without illnesses or without sorrow. There are so many things that happen in our lives that we can never explain by logic. But we know of the promise that God has made with us – that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It is important that we learn to stop questioning or even give up on God in times of trials and tribulations but learn to learn to accept that God is God and we are not. There are many things that we do not know, but God in his infinite and sovereign wisdom does. In all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. We need to trust God and pursue after him even when it is difficult. Let’s not act like we are God, and He is not.