Hmmm…what to write about this week. Ah yes! Easter! What a great time in the life of our church! We exist to glorify God by making disciples through the Bible and relationships. There is no better way to glorify God than coming to church and remembering and celebrating the resurrection of our Lord!
But before we get to Easter, there is good Friday. It seems counter-intuitive to say that the Friday that Jesus was crucified on the cross was "good", but in so many ways it was. Let's look at a couple of them.
Captured so beautifully in the modern Hymn "How deep the Father's love for us" the Getty's describe the grand love of God for humanity in Christ's suffering for us on the cross. "How Deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that He would give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure." The apostle John described it in his own words in the familiar John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…". The unfathomable love of God displayed in all its glory in the gruesome death of the Son of God for sin of mankind, is one reason to celebrate Good Friday.
The crucifixion of Jesus is the culmination of God's great plan to redeem mankind. It demonstrates that He is in control of history and that His plans and purposes for our existence are working themselves out according to his design. This reminds us that we can trust Him. He is knows what is happening as we navigate this life and weave our way through joy and pain. He understands when we are hurting, because He Himself has experienced pain and suffering. He knows the feeling of loss. Good Friday demonstrates God's willingness to experience all the pain man can suffer and therefore, understands our pain.
Good Friday finally gloriously guarantees that our sin has been paid for. "For God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 10:9.
"But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26.
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24.
Good Friday is certainly good! We have seen His great love for us on the cross. We have seen His sovereignty in the final act of redemption by Jesus. And we have seen that our just payment for sin has been absorbed by the Son on the tree. What a gracious Savior we have!
Let us come to this week with gratefulness in our hearts for the curse has been broken and we have been set free from the law of sin and death by the great victory of Christ on the cross! Come this Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! It is finished! It is done!