If you were at the foot of the cross on Good Friday, there was nothing good about the day at all. The first Good Friday wasn’t just the death of Jesus. It felt like the death of hope and the death of life itself.
And while it’s impossible for us to really understand what the first Good Friday was like for the disciples, we can understand a bit because we also have times in our lives when it seems like sin and death and failure completely overwhelm us.
These times help us understand what it would have felt like to watch all of your hopes be nailed to a cross. And they also help us understand the reason why Jesus had to die.
Good Friday is a vital part of the story. A necessary part. In dying, Jesus took on death, sin, failure, hopelessness, brokenness, evil, hurt, grief and loss. All of the stuff that overwhelms us and threatens to destroy us.
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18 NLT)
Jesus took on sin – all of it – in the whole world, when he died on the cross. So that he could bring you safely home to God. That makes Friday incredibly GOOD!
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