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What's So Good About 'Good Friday'?

It seems like an oxymoron, calling something 'good' when in fact it does not seem good at all.  That a man who committed no crime would be sentenced to death by means of one of the most painful and excruciating ways of torture and death, that is death on a cross.  But, there is so much more to the story as Sunday will certainly attest.  The death of this man, Jesus, will bring about the redemption of many through his suffering, death, and resurrection.

It is important that we do not simply gloss over Good Friday and indeed the entire Holy Week events and skip directly to Easter, even as we recognize the significance and impact of the resurrection itself.  But, how can the death of someone possibly be a good thing?

When it is the Son of God, the pure and spotless Lamb of God.

He is the One who has carried the weight of the sin of the world on his shoulders, enduring the wrath of God for our sake.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ” (Isaiah 53:4–6, ESV)

The Psalms are a beautiful and poignant reminder of the depths of lament and the heights of joy, serving not only as the hymnbook of Jesus but also the prayers that Jesus prayed.  Psalm 22 illustrates this cry of anguish as Jesus recites words from this prayer as he is breathing his last breath on the instrument of torture:
"Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani...."

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? ” (Psalm 22:1, ESV)

Imagine the abandonment and loneliness felt by Jesus on the cross...

for you...

and me...

and the entire world...

forever...

This is certainly good, especially as we are reminded that Sunday is on its way!  Death no longer has the last word!  Praise be to God!

Think and reflect on this for today.  Attend a Good Friday service at your church or another church.  Allow God's Spirit to minister to you as you open yourself up to him and what Jesus truly endured for your sake.  Try hard not to skip ahead to Sunday, allowing the depth of Friday to sink in, but don't stay stuck in Friday as you are reminded that Sunday is just two days away.

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  1. I too have often wonderded why someone dying would be called good. Yet when I think about who Jesus is, his purpose, his message and his ministry, I begin to see that in this instance it was good for all of humanity. That someone would sacrifice himself so that all humanity might have the right to everlasting life. "greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

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  2. Amen, Willie!

    Hey, congratulations by the way and only one month before we are "official"! Happy Easter, brother!

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