Saturday, March 26, 2016

What's so "good" about Good Friday?

OK and so it's that time of the year again where believers all across the globe get to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I am also aware that it is a time to reflect, reminisce and rejoice because of the blessings of this season.

But I have got a question...

Why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?
Why? Why? Why...and WHY?!
For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive and distinctive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures- 1 Cor.15:3.
On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins- 1 Jn.1:10. It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding His victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to Him by faith- Rm.6:5.
Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar?
But then I am reminded that God causes all things [including the seemingly 'bad' things] to work together for our good- Rm.8:28. And I tell you what friends, Easter season makes this particular Scripture come so alive in my heart because as terrible as this day was, it marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save His people from their sins confirming that Rom.8:28 is true!
In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see [with our spiritual eyes] how enslaved we are. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between the law and the gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.
In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus- Rom.3:26. Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.
The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Ps.85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, His righteousness, coincided with His mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him”- Heb.12:2, Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to His resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.

What more sweets?
Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good.

In conclusion friends, I want to give someone the opportunity to say an eternal YES to Jesus. If you are that special one, please visit the Meet My Oldest Boyfriend page to begin a relationship with the Lord. What better time to get it right with the Lord. I am excited and I know heaven is waiting to receive you.

It is my prayer that the blessings of this season will not elude us in Jesus name, Amen.

Happy Easter again!

PS: This post should have been published yesterday, but due to network, it could not  get to us and I'm apologising for that. Thank you sweets x.


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