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Why Do We Call it “Good” Friday?

Today is “Good” Friday. As I thought about this day, the question came to my mind, why do we call it “good”?

Is it “good” that Jesus was flogged and whipped? John 19:1

Is it “good that His brow was pierced with a crown of thorns? John 19:2

Is it “good” that they mocked Him and struck Him in the face? John 19:3

Is it “good” that He carried the weight of a giant cross? John 19:17

Is it “good” that they crucified Him? John 19:18

Is it “good” that His mother, Mary, stood at the foot of the cross watching her firstborn son die in agony? John 19:25

Is it “good” that they pierced His side and blood and water flowed? John 19:34

For those experiencing these events take place, living the drama before them, there was nothing “good” about that day. Yet, God took something that was Oh. So. “Bad”. and turned it around for “good”.

Is it “good” that the penalty that your sin demanded has been paid?

Is it “good” that by His stripes you have been healed?

Is it “good” that because they mocked Him you are given dignity?

Is it “good” that because He carried His cross, He is strong enough to help you carry the weight of yours?

Is it “good” that they brutally took His life, so He could graciously give you eternal life?

Is it “good” that He offered His mother comfort in her darkest hour so that He could send The Comforter to be with you on yours?

God is still in the business of taking the circumstances of your life: the pain, the drama, the wrong, the bad, and turning them into something “good”. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the ‘good’ of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Just like He did with Jesus, He will do for you.

Trust Him.

Surrender to Him.

Believe Him.

“Good” Friday was “bad” for Jesus, but it was Oh. So. “Good”. for you. He endured the “bad” because of His great love for you. Rest in His love on this “Good” Friday.

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

 

 

He Bought Me Back

One of my dear friends, who lives in another town, recently had her house broken into.  In broad daylight, smack dab in the middle of the day, they walked right in and helped themselves to her things.  Most of what they took were both valuable and sentimental . . . jewelry that was anniversary gifts from her husband, her grandmother’s black hills gold cross, an opal necklace; on and on the list goes.  When I spoke with her on the phone, she mentioned that many people had suggested checking the local pawn shops to see if her items had ended up there.

As we ended our conversation, I prayed with her that she would be able to find her valuables which had more sentimental value than anything else.  When I prayed that she would be able to buy her valuables back, the Holy Spirit reminded me of God and how He bought me back.  My heart was tendered and tears filled my eyes as I changed the direction of my prayer, thanking Jesus for paying the price to buy us back.

That’s what today, Good Friday, is all about.  When God created humans, we belonged to Him.  We were His and His alone.  Then that sneaky serpent deceived us.  Just like that burglar, He came in broad daylight and took what belonged to God, by convincing Eve to disobey.  When she did, sin stole us, each and every one, away from God.  That burglar may have thought he had gotten away with it, but, when God found him, this is what He said.  “So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel’.”  Genesis 3:14-15

No such luck, you sneaky serpent!  Even in the middle of humankind’s greatest travesty, God had a plan.  He wouldn’t let his valuables (you and me) be taken forever.  He would buy us back.  But how?  With what would He pay the price?  There was only one option.  Only One could pay the price and not be found lacking, the Son of God and the Son of Man, Jesus.  That’s why Good Friday is so good.  God bought us back.  The invaluable blood of Jesus paid the price.  Now God is looking in the pawn shops of life – in dysfunction, in strip clubs, in disease, in bondage, in broken homes, and, yes, even in churches; to buy us back to Him.

Don’t you just love Him?  Aren’t you grateful for His grace – the undeserved acceptance and love you’ve received?

As you celebrate this most special weekend, make sure to take some time to thank the Lord for buying you back.  Maybe you would even re-commit yourself to the ministry He has given you.  Because He bought you back, with whom can you find to share this Good News?  There are many more valuables out there that need to know they don’t have to stay in the pawn shop. God has bought them back too.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3