Why This Friday is “Good”
I’m struggling to find the words to say for all of the emotions I am feeling on this Good Friday. The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross is hitting me in new ways this year. I read these words in Luke 23 and I want to weep.
Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. I will therefore punish and release him.”
But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. (13-25 ESV)
Nothing deserving death has been done by him… but they were urgent, demanding.
The greatest injustice ever to occur in the history of mankind.
I have found in him no guilt… but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
Jesus was without sin, yet he took on the sins of the entire world.
One of my favorite prayers in all of scripture is found when Jesus prayed on the night before he was crucified. Recorded in Luke 22:42, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Not my will, but yours, be done.
Jesus in his darkest days, set an example for all who would follow him. An example to live with open hands. To live obediently to the will of the Father.
When it doesn’t make sense, we can trust the Father’s wisdom.
When we want to fight back, we can be still knowing the Lord will fight for us.
When injustice occurs, we can know that God will bring vindication.
When all seems lost, we can look for the light, because it will shine in the darkness.
Good Friday records the horrors, the injustices, the scourging, the floggings, the betrayals, the scoffing, the demanding, the lies, the fear of man, and the murder of the Son of God.
But praise God, this is not the end of the story!
I read these verses in Genesis 50 and I want to leap with joy!
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (20, ESV)
Just as God used Joseph to bring about the salvation of many during a great famine after his brothers had betrayed him and sold him into slavery, the crucifixion of Jesus would be used to offer salvation to all who would believe.
You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!