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Today is Good Friday. In my earlier days of following Christ, I often wondered how the day could possibly be called good. After all, Jesus suffered unimaginable pain and torture as He died on the cross. What could be good about that?
Later, as I began to mature in my relationship with Christ, I reasoned the day was considered good because without Jesusâ€™ death and ultimate resurrection, we couldnâ€™t go to heaven. All thatâ€™s true, and I believe it even more at this stage of my life.
As I got older, I wanted to know more. Where and when did the term begin? So I searched and found a bunch of commentaries on the origin of Good Friday. They were helpful and full of information.
But today I read the prophesy of Jesus in Isaiahâ€¦and the goodness of Good Friday became even more clear.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.Â Isaiah 53:5-6
â€¦ultimately died and rose again
But as I read and meditated on the words, a deeper appreciation for the good of Good Friday jumped from the page:
â€¦He was pierced for our transgressions
â€¦He was crushed for our iniquities
â€¦The punishment that brought us peace was on Him
â€¦By His wounds we are healed
â€¦The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiahâ€™s words pierced my own heart and I embraced anew the foundational truth of grace:
- He suffered it
- We caused it
- He paid it
- We are free
And that is the good of Good Friday.
I hope you’ll grab your tissue and watch “The Bridge” an excerpt from the short film, Most, written by Bobby Garabedian and William Zabka. A modern day parable of the love of our Father. A powerful picture of sacrifice. You can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mostthemovie. I’ve got to get the full DVD. Watch this and you’ll see why!
I pray Godâ€™s richest blessings as you celebrate Good Friday today.
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