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.