Good Friday is the day when Christians can and should look back and remember Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross (Of course, it goes without saying, but I’ll go ahead and say it…we do this EVERY first day of the week at North Heights Church of Christ). According to the Scriptures, Jesus was scourged, beaten, mocked, and forced to carry the cross up to the hill of Golgotha, where He was crucified to death. This all seems to have happened on a Friday, then He was buried that evening, laid in the tomb on Saturday, then resurrected on Sunday morning (The 3rd day). Matthew gave an excellent timeline of the events here: A timeline for Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection…
But why is it called “good” Friday? What’s so good about it? How can we even describe it? Here are a few of my thoughts about the day when Jesus was killed:
- It was the day that the wrongdoing of all humanity was placed on an innocent man.
- It was the day our King was ridiculed and obliterated before human eyes.
- It was the day that the creator of the world was put on display in naked humiliation.
- It was the day that our sin firmly drove the nails into his hands and feet.
- It was the day that heaven stopped and watched it all happen as all of time was leading up to that moment.
- It was the day that our sin stopped Jesus’ heart, and He breathed his last breath.
- It was the day that our rebellion, guilt, shame was paid so that we would be able to be reconciled with God.
- It was the day that death was brought into focus to be the bright light of our future life.
- It was the day that the love of God was truly demonstrated in the sacrifice of His Son.
- It was the day that the lost would be found, the blind would see, and the weak are made strong
- It was the day that our sins and debt were paid, and the victory was won.
This is what makes “Good Friday” good!
Your response to these descriptions and thoughts is what can make it go from good to GREAT!
- You can respond by sharing this and telling others about the death of Jesus.
- You can respond by obeying the gospel and having your sins washed away by His blood that He shed on the cross. (call or text me now to respond – (501)-314-9457)
- You can respond by repenting of your sins and turning back to God if you have fallen away.
- You can respond by rededicating your life in service to the cause of Christ.
Happy GREAT Friday!
I love you,