Good Friday

This week I received an email from a wonderful spirit filled follower of Christ.  Here is the central part of the email, “Why do we call the day of Jesus crucifixion, Good Friday?”  Question, “How would you answer this question?”

As I arose on this Good Friday, this question was on my mind.  I quickly glanced at the headlines on which included a story from Jerusalem.  Thousands of Christian pilgrims lined the streets of Jerusalem walking the Via Dolorosa which is translated the way of suffering.  Again I remembered the question, Why do we call the day of Jesus crucifixion, Good Friday.

Next, I turned to the Gospel of John, chapters 18-21, and read the story of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.  I encourage you to read all of the gospel accounts of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.  The scenes of the agony of the cross can be overwhelming.  It is understandable why people have such a question as did the person who emailed me.

I think about Martha who stood at the tomb of Jesus and wept.  She did not recognize the resurrected Lord and she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away,” 20:15.  One can still see the agony in her soul three days after His crucifixion.  Imagine someone going up to Martha on the day of Jesus crucifixion and saying, “This is a good Friday.”  It seems so cruel, so totally zero compassion, and I would add so totally right.

The fact is, this was and is not only a good friday, but it was and is the best friday in all of human history.  Because on this day, Jesus bore all the wrath of God against sin.  He became the substitute for your sin and for my sin.

It was a great friday because Jesus paid the debt to God, in full, that I could never pay.  When Jesus said, “it is finished,”  He had according to his own words, “Drank the cup of God’s wrath completely dry.”   On this day, I pray you pause and reflect on the greatness of this day in history.  I pray you focus on Jesus willingness to experience this day, “For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross,” Hebrews 12:2.   I pray you have the opportunity to share with someone about the greatness of this day.

One Response to “Good Friday”

  1. Brian Says:

    “It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief”……..
    Isaiah 53:10
    I used to be completely confused why this is called “good Friday” What possibly could be good about this horrific suffering? But as Pastor Keith says, thats not the end!

    This really is a good Friday, a very solemn friday, but most definitely a good Friday. Its good for you and me not just because of his suffering, death and burial, that alone would be bad news for us. But because he has risen and because of this risen Christ, such sinners as I can have piece with God because the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. By his wounds we are healed! So I say, I shout!! look to the cross, look now to the empty cross and empty tomb of Christ!! He is Risen!
    Looking foreword to Sunday Pastor!!

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