On the Crucifixion and the Resurrection: A Dawn of Hope Will Follow Every Night of Despair as We Put Our Trust in Christ
By Ken K. Gourdin
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of The Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pointed out that we all have our Fridays like the Friday of the crucifixion: those moments when life seems darkest and hope seems faintest and trouble, unremitting, seems to be all around us. Whatever pain, whatever sorrow, whatever sickness, whatever affliction, whatever trial, whatever tribulation we face in this life, it can be swallowed up in the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Elder Wirthlin pointed out, referring to the Friday of the crucifixion and then to the Sunday of the Resurrection which followed, for every Friday in our own lives in which it seems as though the darkness will never lift, “Sunday will come.”
And because Christ was resurrected, we will be, too. Because He took upon Himself, not only our sins, but our pains, and our afflictions, and our troubles, and our sorrows of every kind, we can bear that portion He requires of us in order to tutor us, to refine us, to make us more like Him. Our adversity and our affliction “will be but a small moment.” If we endure these things well, God will exalt us on high—not because of anything we’ve done, but because of what Christ did for us. Because He “came off, conqueror,” we will, too.
There is nothing we have experienced—and nothing we could experience—that He cannot understand, and from which He cannot deliver us (or at least, which He cannot enable us to bear). But in order for that to happen, we must trust Him. We must trust in His redeeming power. We must trust in His saving power. And we must trust in His enabling power. Sometimes, it is His will that we be delivered from a particular trial, but we must also cultivate the kind of trust exhibited by Meschach, Shadrach, and Abed-Nego, who knew that God could deliver them, from King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace, but who were determined to do what was right, regardless. “We know that God can deliver us,” they said, “but if not,” they said, we will still do what is right. We must cultivate the trust exhibited by Nephi in the Book of Mormon: “I know not the meaning of all things,” he said. “Nevertheless, I know that God loveth His children.”
And we must trust in Christ’s exalting power. As a well-known, often-sung hymn of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints points out, He loves us, so we can trust Him: “Oh, dearly, dearly, has He loved! And we must love Him, too; and trust in His redeeming blood, and try His works to do” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  no. 194). As Elder Wirthlin reminded us, for every Friday of despair in our lives, as we trust God, a Sunday of hope will dawn. Despite the despair of the Friday of the crucifixion, the hope of the Sunday of the empty tomb followed. And so it will for us.