Psalms: 95* & 22 & 40:1–14(15–19), 54 OT: Gen. 22:1–14 NT: 1 Peter 1:10–20
Gospel: John 13:36–38** or John 19:38–42***
Have you ever wondered why Christians call the Friday before Resurrection Sunday, “Good Friday”? What was good about it? Think about it. This is the day that Jesus was crucified. He was beaten. He was mocked. He was hung on a cross and he died.
How could this, in any way, be considered good? An innocent man died one of the most brutal deaths known to man. Yet, we call this good.
We call it good because Jesus “gave up his spirit (John 19:30).”
Jesus willingly gave over his spirit so that he might reconcile all of creation back to the father. Rome didn’t take it from him. The religious authorities didn’t take it from him. He gave it up. He became obedient to death, even death on a cross. Jesus great love for us and his desire to glorify the Father made the cross a place of glory.
What Rome and the religious authority meant for degradation and humiliation and death, Jesus turned it into glory and life.
We know that this is Good Friday because we know that Sunday is coming. We know that the resurrection is at hand. We know that our king and savior didn’t remain in the tomb.
This is Good Friday because Jesus lives.
Originally published at www.theantiochmovement.org.