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Why Good Friday is Good

I think many people, even Christians, often lose sight of why Good Friday is really so good.

We recognize that Jesus died, of course. And we know that because Jesus died, we are able to live. But I think we tend to miss the “how” and “why” that connect those two things.

We talk about death being defeated. We talk about Jesus being the true King. We talk about his blood making us clean. But do we really remember why his blood made us clean?

It’s not just about Jesus dying. At least, not in the way that we tend to think.

Yes, Jesus died.

We just forget why. 

Yes, we know it was for us.

But why was it for us?

Romans 3:23 reminds us all of our sin. And Romans 6:23 points out that sin earns for us death. Both now and later, at the end – the second death. We know that God doesn’t lie or change his mind. We know that our sin means we deserve hell.  But we can trick ourselves into thinking, “Well, if I just ask God, he’ll forgive me.”

What’s wrong with this, you ask? Let’s put it like this….

Let’s just imagine that I went out and committed murder. They caught me, but I wouldn’t admit to it (you know, trying to get out of it), so I was sent to trial. The prosecutor presented the evidence and the jury said I did it, no doubt about it. I get a pit in my stomach, as now it’s time for sentencing  And the judge asks is there anything I have to say for myself before he sentences me. I see my chance and take it.

I fall down on my face and begin to beg, with tears streaming down my face, that the judge would forgive me, that the family would forgive me. I promise that I’ll never do it again, and I’ll make up for it somehow if they’d just forgive me.

Do you think the judge is going to let me go free? 

Even if all those people forgave me, I’d still have to go to prison. 

It seems quite obvious, doesn’t it? I committed a crime, and I have to pay the price.

We committed a crime against God. Sin. (Actually, more than “a” crime, but many.) Yet we think God can just ignore it, sweep it under the rug, forget about it, and forgive us. But we forget that God is just – how could he be just if he did not punish us for our sin? give us what our sin has earned for us?

Somebody has to pay the price.

You can’t go to hell to pay for your sin and then go to heaven – because it would take forever to pay the price.

And I can’t pay for your sin, just as you can’t pay for mine – because we each have our own. 

The only way we could be delivered is if someone without sin would take the punishment for us.

Enter Jesus.

We see the suffering of Jesus, the beatings, the humiliation, then curses that were thrown at him, and the physical pain he endured on that cross, and we stand in awe.

But that’s not all Jesus endured on the cross.

Because while Jesus was on that cross, God was pouring out all the wrath and punishment that we deserve onto Jesus.

Everything that you and I deserve in hell for our rebellion against God was being heaped onto Jesus.

Jesus became our sin.

And when he had finished enduring the wrath of God against all mankind for eternity, he bowed his head and said, “It is finished.”

 

What love is this?

How amazing that the son of God would choose to take my punishment and yours?

 

God leaves us with a choice.

Someone has to be punished for your sin.

God’s either going to punish you for your sin, or he’s going to punish Jesus for your sin.

But you have to decide.

Because the cross wasn’t about what we could see.

The cross wasn’t about Satan.

The cross wasn’t about anything other than the immense love of God toward you and me even when we were in stubborn rebellion against him.

And as we choose to accept his provision, his substitution, and let God punish Jesus for our sin, then according to scripture, we in turn surrender our lives, die to ourselves, and let Christ live his life in us.

And our lives are never the same.

Because at the cross we were set free from the penalty of sin.

Thank you, Jesus.

Because finally, now, we are set free from the power of sin in our lives.

Than you, Jesus.

And because someday soon, a glorious day, we will be set free form the presence of sin.

Thank you, Jesus.

May I never lose the wonder, the wonder of the cross
May I see it like the first time, standing as a sinner lost
Undone by mercy and left speechless
Staring wide-eyed at the cost
May I never lose the wonder, the wonder of the cross

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5 thoughts on “Why Good Friday is Good Leave a comment

  1. Thank You, Lord, for the cross and Your willingness to die that I might live. Help me to always see the cross and Your sacrifice through fresh eyes; always as the first time I realized Your enormous sacrifice that I might have life abundantly, an intimate and personal relationship with you, and everlasting life with you with this life is over.

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