Friday, April 6, 2012
When I was a child, I used to wonder why we called today Good Friday. Though I got it, my young mind couldn't fully grasp attributing the adjective "good" to a day that commemorates the intense, unspeakable suffering Jesus endured.
As I matured in my walk with the Lord, however, I realized that what He went through and why he went through it are the very reasons it is so named. Without His ultimate sacrifice, there would be no salvation for us. As I've heard numerous times, "He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay." Hebrews 9:22 declares, "...and without shedding of blood is no remission." The power of shed blood is a truth also understood by our Jewish friends who are celebrating Passover.
As a Christian, I praise Jesus for the blood that He shed for our sins.
This day is good, too, because, though it is linked to death, it is also linked to life--resurrection life. Easter celebration is right around the corner! See, death was not the end; it was actually the beginning. Jesus embraced death to defeat death. He sacrificed life to offer life. But He is not to be alone in this. When we give our lives over to Christ, which we call dying to self, then we begin to truly live. Galatians 2:20 puts it like this: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." That is indeed good news!
Happy Good Friday!