Today is Good Friday. Its the day we remember Jesus’ suffering on the cross. With the heart wrenching sadness of how Jesus was treated leading up to this day and the day itself, its a wonder why it is called GOOD Friday?
Good Friday is good because it is about “one man’s [Jesus] obedience” that “many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Jesus willingly sacrificed himself. He was purposeful and gave himself up by his own choosing. This act of love done so that we might have the forgiveness of sin.
~Good Friday is good because when Jesus “yielded up his spirit” (Matthew 27:50), at that very moment, the curtain in the temple was “torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The symbol of separation between man and God was destroyed. Jesus did this for us! We can come boldly to the Throne of Grace!
~Good Friday is good because of all of this. Good because Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to die for us…on the cross…in our place. God was willing to allow his only Son to be crucified so that we might be free.
1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.
3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown.
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
Good Friday happened and it was meant for good. And Resurrection Sunday is coming! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
What does Good Friday mean to you?