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.
Surrender to 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,