Why Is This “Good” Friday?

When you look at our culture, here are some simple facts that we must realize are truths.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to get to the product.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to avoid suffering and pain and seek ways to medicate ourselves to avoid pain.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to jump to the bunnies and eggs.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to commercialize, capitalize, and consumerize.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to jump to the good news of Easter Sunday and Resurrection.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to minimize the extent of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to ‘disneyize’ the events of the brutal death of a man.  We live in a culture that is ever so quick to grab hold of grace as if we are entitled to it.

So why do we call Good Friday “Good”?  How could it possibly be good?

We need to face and accept these simple truths:

Today matters.
Dark Friday matters.
His death matters.

Let’s not be so quick to bypass this day.  There’s a reason that in the Christian tradition – this day and service is considered the longest and darkest day of the year.

Let it be long.  Let it be dark.  Let it be silent.

Let it be uncomfortable.  Death is always uncomfortable.  It should be that way.  

While the good news of our salvation is clearly exemplified in the glorious news of the Resurrection…the depths of our darkness and depravity are also exposed in the last days of Jesus’ life and crucifixion.  This day in history exposed man for what he really is.  At this moment in time the evil that resides in human beings was seen at its apex.  Even as His enemies were mocking Him and subjecting Him to the most torturous of all deaths, Jesus was pleading for our forgiveness.  Jesus wished for even His torturers to be forgiven.

We can’t fully appreciate Easter until we have been to the cross.  The power of this day lies beyond our comprehension until we have journeyed through hell itself, immersed in the darkest of places.  It is only once we have seen the full extent of evil on display there and witnessed the victory over death that we can begin to appreciate the triumph that Easter represents. nately, because of what Jesus did for us, we don’t have to experience that.

And once we understand, if even for a glimpse, the depths of our depravity and brokenness, the amazing depth of God’s grace and mercy is that much more understood and experienced.  We understand that our broken image can be restored by the Creator of that original beauty, a life without sin.

Thank you, Jesus, for this day.  For Dark Friday.  For Holy Friday.  For the cross, sacrifice, and atonement.  You paid the price for me that I could never repay.

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One Response to Why Is This “Good” Friday?

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great blog! It really makes you stop and think doesn’t it? We forget SO easily sometimes that without these events, we really would be lost.

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