4/19 Life in the Parkie Lane

What's Good About It?                                                                               

I grew up wondering why Good Friday was good. It is the day that the cruel death of Jesus on the cross is observed by many. How is that good?

Jesus hung by nails driven through His hands and feet.  I understand that the only way for Him to breathe was to push up with the feet and pull up with the hands until the pain forced Him to succumb and hang until He needed another breath.  Eventually, exhaustion took over and the area around His heart filled with fluid and His heart stopped.  How is such suffering good?

Jesus, the Sinless One, paid for the sin of all mankind - my sin! He did this for me! He got what I deserved. It is good because it is an expression of His love for me. 

What the devil meant to be the end of Christianity, God meant for the good.  It was really God's plan all along. Thus, it is good.

Good Friday is not the end of the story. Jesus did not stay dead. Christ rose again victoriously over death, which is observed on Easter Sunday. 

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and yet so Good.

An interesting side note for me is that Good Friday has no other meaning like Christmas has Santa Clause, Easter has the Easter Bunny, but Good Friday has no other distracting observances - another good thing.

"Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1Peter 2:22-24.

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