Five Minute Friday — Good

I’m finally getting around to my five minutes for Friday. You know, it’s the exercise where a group of us — well over 100 strong — parse our thoughts on a common prompt word, then link up to share at Kate’s place (http://katemotaung.com/2015/04/02/five-minute-friday-good-and-a-brand-new-video/).

This week’s prompt is GOOD. The timer is set and off we GO

It’s Good Friday, so the prompt is appropriate. But since I was a kid  I always thought what’s so good about Good Friday. As I got older and realized the horror of Christ’s death the thought of a Good Friday was sickening.

However, in my rebellious college years, I challenged this whole “good” concept in one of my theology courses. The professor stopped his lecture, put the chalk in the chalkboard holder and sat on the edge of the desk.

“You’re right, Mr. Siccardi. Good Friday isn’t ‘good’ — especially for Jesus. But for us,” he continued, “it’s great. Maybe we should call it Great Friday.”

We spent the rest of class debating this concept … and I think I got it. What he was saying was, for us — you and me — Jesus’ death on the cross, as ignoble and horrific as it was, was the necessary bridge that brought us back into the fold. Jesus didn’t say, “I’m finished” as His last words. He said … STOP

It is finished. The task, His task, was completed. He took your sin and my sin to that cross. And Lord knows, my sins contributed to the beating and the crown of thorns and the nail holes and the blood and the agony. I deserve that. I deserve eternal damnation and separation from God for my actions and omissions.

But Jesus didn’t allow that to happen. He took those sins to the cross for me. He suffered and died in this life so I wouldn’t have to in the next.

Jesus’ death was just a prequel, however. It was needed for His triumphant resurrection. He couldn’t have beaten the grave had He not physically been beaten, battered and killed as a sacrifice for me … and for you.

The tomb is empty! How GREAT is that? And because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The grace of God triumphs over the judgment of God. That is very good news.

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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Good

  1. ambercadenas says:

    You know, I think it’s more honest than rebellious to question what is “good” about Good Friday. About the whole bloody affair of the cross. I appreciate that you went there, even back when you did. And I think it’s not something that is easy to wrap up, no matter how we celebrate on Easter. There is mystery in his death, in the days he was in the tomb, in the resurrection. But one thing I’m coming to know with more clarity is that the cross is good, in that it reveals to us that there are no limits to God’s love, to how far he will go to heal us. And for that, I whisper a grateful “Hosanna.” Joining you today from FMF.

  2. moreatforty says:

    Great post and Great Friday to you! 🙂

  3. Jolene says:

    I was nodding my head and saying “Amen!” as I read this post. Thank you for this reminder why today is truly a Good Friday.

  4. I remember so well the first time I asked my dad this very question as a little girl. I just couldn’t wrap my head around why we would call it “good” when Jesus had suffered so much pain and people were so mean to him and then to top it all off, He died too. It just made no sense to me. My dad explained it much the way your professor did. And it is indeed a Great Friday, but it’s only the beginning of the story. As I told my oldest tonight, “the best part of Good Friday is that this isn’t the end of the story…” Stopping by from FMF!

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