Good Friday

29 Mar

As a kid I struggled to understand why we call today “Good Friday”. Nothing about the events of this day seemed good. The humiliation of and physical torture of the only truly innocent man ever, who was betrayed by his own people and his own friend and disciple. How could we call this day good? When the forces of darkness killed the light of the world and gloried in their darkness. This day was not good.

I felt that the good came as He fulfilled His promise and returned as prophesied. I often find as I read biblical stories and recount in my head the events I often judge the people in the story thinking how could they do that or why were they like that? Which then forces me to think about my own heart and what choices I might have made had I lived then. And then I land on simple truth His love for me and all of us sent Him to the cross. He died so that we could live and be redeemed. I am no better than the people in that day. Most of us like to think of ourselves as His disciples in the story. Sure, we do some stupid stuff but we are basically on the right track. But, perhaps we can’t really be disciples until we realize that we are more like the thieves hanging next to Him. We are dying for our sins and we either die cursing and mocking Him, or we die trusting Him.

I still think as an adult the name “good Friday” isn’t fitting. Nothing good happened that day, but the good came on Sunday! He rose victoriously as promised, He beat all normal odds because He is the Resurrection and the Life, Prince of Peace and King of Kings. We have much to celebrate this season as His glory needs to be brought to this broken and lost world. I pray we think deeply onHis sacrifice and rejoice completely in His love for you.

4 Responses to “Good Friday”

  1. Lee Ann March 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Amen!

  2. Tom Price March 31, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Great question with no hard consensus on why the term but several opinions. Some say God’s Friday became Good Friday, others Black Friday or great Friday. Neither great or good means happy in this usage. But you got me thinking:
    Good – Jesus was The Good Son – obedient unto death on the cross, Good in the love he has for all of us saved and not saved, Good as it applies to righteous, Good as it applies to perfect, Good as it is contrast to those he came to save.

    Your writings continue to challenge and encourage. I see your personal training career moving from the physical to spiritual. God has given you many gifts.
    Happy Easter
    In Him who loves us more than is imaginable,
    Tom & Carol

  3. Chelsea March 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    This is why I have keep thinking it feels like more of “black Friday”… I keep accidently calling it that too!

  4. Lynee and Mark Phelps April 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    As members of our church choir, we sing the “Seven Last Words” cantata every Palm Sunday and Good Friday. The composer managed to make the choir feel like we were part of a mob demanding Jesus’ crucifixion. It is very compelling and distressing to think that any of us could be part of that mob. I believe that naming “Good” Friday is part of our redemption and a sign that Jesus loves us in spite of our human failings. He truly is “Good” and wishes for us to be “good” also. We can only try.

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