Today, this Friday, is what we as Christians refer to as “Good Friday”.
What is really so “Good” about Good Friday?
I honestly have a hard time calling Good Friday, Good.
I know this is the day that Jesus, my Jesus was literally beaten beyond recognition, He was falsely accused, went to trial 6 times in less than 23 hours, carried His own cross-his own piece of torture, had nails driven through His hands and Feet, then hung up on a cross to die. To die. For Me. For you. For all of mankind. I find it hard to wrap my head around it. Just think about it: He did this because He wanted us to have peace with God, peace with Himself. This was the only way, a perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. This wasn’t the peaceful sacrifice Abraham was tested with Isaac. Jesus was being mocked, scorned, beaten, and abused. All because He loved Me. Because He loved You.
Think about this: When is everything ever really about you or me? For instance, tonight I showered. In the course of 5 minutes I answered questions from 3 out of 4 children from the shower, I reprimanded them for playing a video game so late (in my bedroom) from the shower, and I convinced a toddler that I would get yogurt for her after I was finished.
As a mom, as a parent, as an adult, and let’s be real-just as a human, it’s not really ever about me. But Jesus’ entire life, His cruel death, and His resurrection were about us. It was about Me.
It’s like the old song:
When He was on the Cross, I was on His mind.
So what is really so good about Good Friday? So Good about the Son of God being tortured and crucified?
The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
This is the day when righteousness, Jesus, and peace with God are finally met. Forgiveness, mercy, peace are all given that day when Jesus, of His own free will, took our place of punishment. Now, we are no longer separated from God. God cannot look at sin-
Habbakuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Some argue now that they are without sin.
It’s a new way of thinking going around, especially with Millennials. This way of thinking believes that there is no absolute truth. Since there is no absolute truth, then you can’t declare anything wrong. And if you can’t do anything wrong, then there is no sin. Wow. I know. That’s a stretch and a long line of thinking. It’s a lot of excuses to get out of feeling guilty if you ask me. Here are some words from the Bible about this aspect of “Sin”
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
1 John 1:9-10
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsand purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
It’s there. You can deny it all you want. But sin is sin. Some people say, “Oh I’m relatively a good person. I don’t steal, kill, or commit adultery.” We like to rank our sin, it makes us feel better about ourselves. However,
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death.
It doesn’t say tons of sins, or alot of sins, or some sins, but the wages of sin. Any sin. We are all born sinners-it’s in human nature (thanks Adam and Eve).
So What is Really So Good About Good Friday? The fact that we are no longer separated from God. We don’t get what our sins deserve-separation from God in hell. We now receive forgiveness, redemption, propitiation for our sin. We are wiped clean by Jesus’ blood on the cross.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
So Good Friday for me-it’s a bittersweet day. Jesus and His Horrible suffering. All because of His love for me. Love for all of humanity.
Love. That’s what’s so Good about Good Friday.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Boom. Drop Mic.
Take a second and watch this. Really think on this. This is just a picture of what Jesus went through on Good Friday. But praise the Lord, then comes Easter.
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