GOOD FRIDAY IS GOOD

Christians around the world remember, on this day, the death of Jesus Christ on a cross. How could this day be considered Good Friday? What is so special about this death, that it we celebrate as good? In Scripture, we read in the gospels of how Jesus Christ who began the weekend like most of us do, with loved ones. Jesus was with his twelve disciples in a room and he shared a meal with them. But this wasn’t just another takeout meal, this was divine.

He broke bread with them and told them of his coming death. These men didn’t understand when he told them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter confidently responds, “Though they all will fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”[1] Be careful what you say in front of Jesus! Because Jesus tells Peter, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Before Jesus was betrayed by Judas (one of his 12 disciples), Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He prayed the most personal and human prayer ever, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Jesus was essentially praying for God to save the world in a different way than by Jesus dying on a cross, but it was not God’s will for it to happen any other way because “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Jesus Christ came to this earth to live a life much like ours. In fact, the Bible says, “he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”[2] Jesus saw the effects of sin in the world when he was on earth ministering to people. Jesus was familiar with sin because it’s where he spent all of his time. People were baffled when they, “saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” And Jesus knowing their hearts responded to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” And that’s exactly it!

What’s so good about Good Friday is on this day 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He identified with the sinners and made himself identifiable as the saving from their sins.

Good Friday is a day that we celebrate because we know when Jesus was crucified that was not the end. It’s good because Christ is good and he is perfect. His death on the cross is the innocent blood of a perfect man. And because he is perfect, his sacrifice is perfect! He stepped into our place and saved us. He is the substitute we need to win the game. “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.”[3]

WHY DOES ANY OF THIS MATTER?

It matters because you have a sickness you cannot cure by any prescription or treatment.

The only thing that can cure a dead body is someone who can give it life. Romans 6:23 reminds us that Jesus is the only one who can do that; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” If it were not for the death of Christ upon on a cross, you and I would be dead in our sin, without hope of anyone rescuing us.

Today may not seem like a good day; maybe this is the first Easter holiday without a loved one, or a sickness has caused grief and suffering. May you know it is because we know the rest of the story! Jesus did not stay dead, HE IS ALIVE! On that third day, Christ rose from the dead, conquering sin and death and he is now seated at the right hand of God as the final authority over all things. “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.”[4]

Let today be a Good Friday because of the infinite hope we have in the infinite God who came to a finite world to die for a sinful people.

If you have not confessed your sins to Christ to be your Lord and Savior, do so now! The Bible says, “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord WILL be saved.” Satisfaction Guaranteed. Jesus never promised that this life would be easy, but he did say it would be worth it. Jesus says “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” 

Happy Good Friday!

Pastor Brad Jr.

[1] Matthew 26:30-32

[2] Hebrews 4:15

[3] 1 Peter 3:18

[4] 1 Peter 1:3

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