It’s been quite some time since I’ve written (sorry about that). I just wanted to share some reflections on this Good Friday 🙂
The first Good Friday didn’t seem so good, especially to Jesus’ disciples. He had been tried unjustly and condemned to die in the most gruesome way possible, crucifixion. The only reason we can call it Good Friday now is because we have all the information. We know that Christ’s death was not the end. We know that the Resurrection is coming, and that it did come.
But why did Jesus have to die in the first place? It was because we are so wicked and full of sin, and because God cannot rightly allow sin to be in His presence. In His justice He has to do something about it. He desired for those who love Him to be with Him, so He did something about this sin problem: He sent part of Himself to earth to live a perfect sinless life and perfectly fulfill His Holy expectations, and then to become the wrath-bearing sacrifice for those sins. Scripture even tells us that “It pleased God to crush Him” (Isaiah 53:10) because He knew that it would bring sinners into a renewed relationship with Him and ultimately bring Him the most glory.
One of the best ways I’ve heard it put comes from my Gospel Transformation Study Bible, where the commentator, commenting on the passage of 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 says of believers:
“We are connected vitally and legally through our union with Christ because He imputed His perfect, righteous life of obedience into our account. He imputed not only His innocence but also righteousness, not only pardon but also perfection. He not only stood condemned in our place as a punishment bearer; He also stood in our place as our law keeper. Jesus not only died the death that we should have died; He also lived the live that we should have lived. All has been taken care of.”
This is only true of “those who know they are spiritually helpless and utterly destitute of any human resources that will commend them to God. They rely totally on God’s grace for salvation, and they also rely on His grace for daily living.” (John MacArthur)
You see, the bad things have to come before the good. Good Friday and Jesus’ horrific death had to come before Easter and the glorious resurrection. And in our lives, dying to ourselves (changing our hearts and minds about ourselves and our sin, repenting and humbly turning to Christ) has to come before we can be saved.
So, the most loving and caring thing that I can tell you as your neighbor and friend is to get over yourself, and get into Jesus. It’s only because of Jesus’ death that we can rejoice in the fact that He is Risen!!
Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter!!
Grace, love and peace!