Have you ever felt that calling today, the day on which we remember Jesus dying on a cross at Calvary, ‘Good Friday’, seems wrong? Maybe you’ve thought today should be called something like ‘Bad Friday’ or ‘Mourning Friday’, as they both seem far better descriptions of events on that first Easter.
However, I want to tell you that Jesus’ suffering and his subsequent death, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic conclusion of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
Good Friday is ‘good’ because as terrible as Jesus’ death was, God always knew that day would come – The day when to save the rest of us, Christ would have to die.
Isn’t this an amazing story of love and sacrifice? I cannot imagine God’s sorrow knowing he had to sacrifice his Son, to save mankind. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and yet so ‘Good’.
Who else have you ever heard of who loves each one of us so much that they would be willing to sacrifice themselves for us? God obviously loves us a lot!
I love you, I love you
That’s what Calvary said;
I love you, I love you,
I love you, written in red.
Jesus gave his all for us, and for that we are forever in His debt. So what can we ever do to repay God, for this sacrifice of love? We can give Him our hearts, our lives, our all.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)
There is a song that tells of God’s great sacrifice of love for us. Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Written In Red.