Four years ago I wrote a post with this title. You might be interested to look back at it here.
This is still a question that resonates within me; a question that you may wonder about as well. There is so much more to say than what I shared before.
Why is Good Friday Good? How is the excruciating, violent, prolonged suffering of One man good? Isn’t it morbid to focus on the blood and gore that Jesus of Nazareth went through? Isn’t this annual tradition just a little out dated in the era? I am no theologian, or Bible scholar or historian. I know people who are. I have listened to them, read their writings and mulled over all the implications on my life, on your life, on all our lives. I have come to one conclusion.
So much love demonstrated to them. For us. To us.
The lyrics from Stuart Townend’s song that I posted four years ago still bring me to tears. How deep the Father’s Love for us, how vast beyond all measure…
Why is Good Friday Good?
Because of Love.
Of willing sacrifice.
Of suffering that I, that you, that we, will never have to endure in eternity future.
We are not without suffering here; the momentary “light affliction” that we go through in this very real 24/7 life we are living presently does have physical, emotional and sometimes spiritual suffering. But our eternity future has been secured by the extreme suffering Christ endured for us. We deserve separation from God because we broken, imperfect humans fall short of His holiness and perfection and miss the mark completely. But God…
Because of Love. Because of the willing sacrifice that Jesus Christ offered for our sin payment. Because of all the brutality He endured, His excruciating physical, emotional and spiritual pain.
We are free.
That’s why Good Friday is Good.
No matter how hard it is right this minute to deal with the pain your body is experiencing, Christ knows your pain and loves you in it.
No matter how dark the emotional fog of depression is right this minute, Christ knows your deep emotional pain and loves you in it.
No matter the wayward husband, the wayward child, the addiction, the shame, no matter.
He loves you right in it.
His death on the Cross over 2000 years ago wasn’t just a point in history to be remembered by theologians, Bible scholars and historians. His death makes all the difference for me. And it can make all the difference for you, too.
It’s still foolishness to those who don’t believe. To those who claim His sacrificial payment by faith in Jesus Christ, there is somber reflection on Good Friday and rejoicing and celebration at the remembrance of His resurrection this Sunday.
The question isn’t why. The question is Will you let the Love that motivated Good Friday be Good for you too?
Today I am linking up with Faith Barista over here.