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Friday, April 14, 2006


The word somber carries several meanings, which include the feelings of being downcast and glum, plus it would indicate something extremely serious or grave. The word grave takes the meaning even further by threatening a seriously bad outcome or something involving serious or even critical issues. This is illustrated in the following sentence – They were having grave thoughts of an uncertain future.

The death of Jesus was a very somber time for the disciples for all the reasons of the definitions given above. Even though Jesus had tried to tell them that He was going to die and even how He was going to die, somehow their minds just couldn’t grasp it. Let me mention here that I would not have understood either and would have been shaking in my sandals had I been there.

In my mind, I can see the disciples secretly grouped together behind closed doors. It had to be a time of confusion and fear because if the religious leaders had killed Jesus it would follow that His disciples were next. In their somberness they must have been trying to understand how this could possibly have happened. This was Jesus, the one that had healed the sick, cured the horrible leprosy, opened blind eyes, brought hearing back to the deaf and even brought the dead back to life! And now He was dead!

Every outside noise must have caused them to fear even more, thinking that it may be the soldiers coming for them. Everything that they had hoped for and believed in was gone. What could they do now? Would it even be safe to leave town for fear they would be recognized going out the gates of the city? This was the worst Friday night that any of them had ever known.

Even though this was a horrible time, and though they had no way of knowing – Sunday was on the way!!! ec


Blogger Granny said...

Yes. On Sunday our pastor will say "He is Risen"! and we will respond "He is Risen Indeed".

I never tire of hearing it.

4/14/2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - I like those responsive things - in fact I like everything about our services. :) ec

4/14/2006 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

As i mentioned on my blog, the saddest day of the year and the happiest day of the year are only 3 days apart :o)

4/15/2006 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger adannells said...

We had a great Good Friday at our church. It was a candlelight service so everything was a little more "somber". :) We did have a great time of worship and our pastor preached on Christ's suffering. I can't wait for Sunday! What a wonderful day! He is Risen!!

4/15/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I remember a sermon I once read about those watching the Jesus’ crucifixion. There was a line—“the sound of the flies was deafening”—that reminds me of the words you wrote. Thanks.

4/15/2006 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

michelle - Thanks, that is so very true!

adannells - Easter Sunday - the most joyous day of the year! ec

4/15/2006 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - That was a very descriptive phrase. When the raucous crowd was quiet, I'm sure you could hear every groan and rasping breath as well. Looking forward to the celebration tomorrow! ec

4/15/2006 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger country-gospel-singer said...

Have a Happy Easter.. only because Jesus lives. Very true what Michelle wrote. Blessings, Janie Marie

4/15/2006 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

CGS - To use the words of a song - "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow..." ec

4/16/2006 08:58:00 AM  

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