Good Friday- April 2, 2021

by: Pastor Jim Cords

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it. -John 19

So often the question I get on this day is: “if this is the day Jesus was crucified, why do we call it Good Friday?” 

My mind shifts almost immediately to the idea of being called to repentance. Which I think is also Good.

It is hard to think of goodness when we see suffering and death. We certainly do not think goodness when we think of the sin from which we need to repent. In both cases, however, the love and goodness of God comes shining through. Good Friday is good because it shows in the most powerful way the depth of God’s love for us. In a similar way the call to repent is an invitation to enter into God’s grace and forgiveness.

I led an exercise with a high school Sunday school class back when I was a youth director. We gave each student a stack of newspapers and asked them to find the saddest stories they could. After they shared these, we sent them back to their stack of papers to find the happiest stories they could. The result was that the happiest stories were almost always a resolution to what would have qualified as one of the saddest stories.

I am saddened by the truth of my sinfulness, but I am over joyed by the amazing love and willingness of God to forgive and restore me through Jesus.

Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sin. I am sorry. I love you. Please help me now to share the happiness and joy of your love and forgiveness with others in my life. AMEN.

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