Good Friday

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
– Hebrews 12:2As I sat in our church’s Good Friday service today, my heart ached as I meditated on what Jesus endured in my place. He looked beyond the suffering of the cross and saw me, dying in my sin, desperately in need of a Savior. He knew that His sacrifice was the only way to rescue me by paying the penalty for my sin. The betrayal, the humiliation, the rejection, and the torture – it would all be worth it because in dying, He would give me life.

Some may consider it irreverent to label the day Jesus died as “Good Friday.” After all, there’s nothing good about how they treated our Savior. It’s not good to think about how our perfect Lord endured the full wrath of God in His body as He bore the sins of the whole world. But, the goodness that came from His sacrifice is what makes this day glorious. For without the cross on Friday, there would be no empty tomb on Sunday! Jesus’ shed blood made it possible for fallen humanity to be restored and have relationship with God once again.

Yes, Good Friday is a day to celebrate. Because Jesus went to the cross, we’re no longer slaves to sin. Instead, we’re slaves to righteousness and recipients of eternal life. We’re free in Christ, and, that, my friends, makes this day very, very good.

Comments

  1. Agreed. And that service was beyond good.