TGIF – an acronym that is commonly used to express how glad we are that the weekend is arriving. While it usually means “Thank God it’s Friday”, it can also mean “Thank goodness it’s Friday”. TGIF is a big deal with various other representations and influences including the name of a restaurant chain, a website, and a TV show just to name a few.
Weekends – don’t we just love ‘em! Fact is, we can be obsessed and fanatical about our end of the work week plans. I passed a large billboard this morning advertising a local chocolate festival to be held on an upcoming Saturday. Sounds like a sweet time. Very inviting. I may attend. A week-end hike in the Rockies!
I am aware that lots of folks work weekends. I understand this because for years I had a job that required that I work most weekends. But even then, I looked forward to the activities I could squeeze in between shifts. And even more exciting were those occasional weekends I had off! A week-end close to home on Weiss Lake!
Most of us work all week with Friday in mind. Wednesday is even called “hump” day. A lot of people get off a little early on Friday. Friday afternoon traffic is the worst! Our typical wardrobe most Saturdays from October through January!
Sporting events do occur all week, but not like weekends. All kinds…from College Football to NASCAR to well, you name it! Parties, cookouts, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golf, yard work, gardening, eating out, attending events, attending church, or just relaxing. A complete list would exhaust us-weekends are huge! Take Super Bowl weekend for example. Seth and Jimmie Johnson on a week-end at Bristol!
From Friday’s anticipation to Sunday’s culmination, it’s a treasured time. Is one weekend more important than another? Has there been one more meaningful, more significant than any other? I have to say that the answer is yes. I am aware of “a weekend of weekends”. I have adopted my own acronym for this one, AWOW. Consider the most important one in the history of the world. A Friday that had been anticipated before we existed, followed by a Sunday that culminated just as planned and predicted. And everything that took place Saturday (a study within itself) makes even our best weekend plans and activities seem uneventful! What we love about Sunday!
On a Friday almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus, God’s Son, was nailed to a cross. He was crucified for crimes He did not commit. How’s that for a start to a weekend?! He died, but just before He did, He cried out “It is finished” (See the Bible, John 19:30). He was going through with His weekend plan and nothing would stop Him. Then on Sunday, to bring things to a conclusion, He rose from the dead and left the tomb He had been placed in. What a weekend! We must consider why He willingly subjected Himself to such an agonizing start to this particular weekend-a weekend with all of us in mind. AWOW.
What will you do this weekend?
What will you do about Jesus’ weekend?
TGIF – “Thank God it’s Finished”
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and
others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do
you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son
of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you,
Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed
this to you, but my Father who is in heaven”
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