Devotional for Friday, April 14, 2017. Final devotional in this Lent Series.
Have you every thought about it, or just taken it for granted, or perhaps, you honestly didn’t know enough to care – why a single day of the year is called – Good Friday? ‘Good’ to some might mean, “this has been a very long week. I’m glad it’s Friday, that’s awesome! The weekend is ahead, and I can chill!!” Perhaps it’s run across your mind, or maybe this is the first time you’ve ever thought about it. But today, together, let’s take a look at why ‘Good’ Friday, is called just that, and not ‘bad’ Friday.
For those outside the context of Jesus, there would be no reason to understand it. It’s just a name on a sign, a phrase only spoken around ‘Easter,’ and it seems to them, that people are extra solemn and maybe even sad. “Who wants that,” they might ask? But through the old rugged cross, there is understanding. Through the study of God’s book, we find the answer. Good? Bad? well, mark down the following phrases in the ‘bad’ column for sure: 1) He was despised and rejected by mankind, 2) man of suffering, familiar with pain, 3) considered punished by God, 4) he was pierced 5) crushed, 6) spit upon, 7) flogged, 8) oppressed, 9) afflicted, 10) crown of thorns dug into His head. Who was this who endured all these things? It was Jesus. Why? Why would He do that; go through all those things? How could this be good?? Seems anything but! [You see, at just the right (good) time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6). Let’s not water it down, you and I are very ungodly people without God’s grace, love, mercy and forgiveness, aren’t we!
Here’s the truth about the good and the bad. Jesus loves you. He loves me. He came to make a way for you and I to reconnect/rebuild our relationship with God (the heavenly Father) that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus had to die for your sins and mine. There was no way around it. He willingly suffered the ‘bad,’ and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. There would be no victory over sin without death & His resurrection. Hey friends, our plight was hopeless. Our end was not looking good. But God’s grace came through Jesus, rescuing us, and bringing us salvation and eternal life. Certainly, that day was terrible for Jesus, but it had to happen so that the ‘good’ out of it would be the joy of Easter. “For the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross ‘on Good Friday’ (Hebrews 12:2). And you know what, because of that, it led to His resurrection, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
In some traditions, the word ‘good’ means ‘holy!’ So it would read: Holy Friday. Other suggestions include the corruption of ‘God’s Friday’ or a day or season of religious observance. I choose to see this day as one of the greatest events in human history–because of what Jesus did, I’M SAVED, ladies and gentlemen!! If I was not saved, my sin would not only be separating me from God right now, but also into eternity. And that would be BAD, not good. God’s Word says, the wages of sin is death. [Rom 6:23] But the gift, oh, the gift of God is eternal life IN CHRIST JESUS our Lord.” When Jesus died, my salvation became a reality, and I can testify to that today, right now, in these days I live. What happened was awesomely good because Jesus, out of His great love for me, did for me what I could not do by myself. He died in my place, and I will be eternally grateful. “You’re a good, good Father, it’s who you are, it’s who You are. And I’m loved by You, it’s who I am. It’s who I am!! Praise His name. Praise the Lord for Good Friday. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’!!!