What's So Good About Good Friday?

Sandy Housley By Sandy Housley, 17th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Why is Good Friday called "Good" - How did I remember the day as a child? What does it mean for the world?

The Discipline of Reflection

As a child, my Catholic parents instilled in my siblings and me the discipline of reflection each Good Friday. We were instructed to find a quiet place in our home and sit from Noon to 3pm and think about what Jesus did for us as He suffered on the cross those three hours before his death. I would climb up into my Dad's easy chair and contemplate the nails and the crown of thorns, the blood and the pain. I remembered His cry, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” I can’t say that I spent the entire 3 hours on Good Friday meditating on Jesus, but I did learn as a young girl, the significance of the Cross of Christ.

Good Friday Was Not Unplanned

While reading Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 this morning, these old prophecies of the coming Messiah touched my heart. Written centuries before his birth, they provided great detail regarding what Jesus would suffer for the sins of the world. They told of his hands and feet being pierced with nails, his features being ordinary, his clothes being divided up in a gambling match, his reputation besmirched, and finally, his terrible suffering for me ... and you.
As I reflect now on His suffering, I am saddened that he experienced all the sins, past, present and future, of the very creation that He loves. Sins of lying, pride, rape, torture, theft, murder, abuse and more. To realize He experienced the ugly wickedness that is in the hearts of we who committed these sins, is a sad enough thought. But to know that He took those atrocities onto Himself in order to pay for the penalty in our stead, seems to be so unfair for Him.

The Cross Was for Us

As I contemplated these things recently, God reminded me of the passage in Hebrews 12:2 where the writer tells us to “… fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and then sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus endured the cross of his own volition, for the joy of redeeming mankind through this one terrifying and brutal act of love and submission. He was not concerned for the shame others heaped on Him. He knew his purpose. He obeyed His Father. He bought back from hell the human race, those who would believe in His name. He endured the cross willingly, for me. For you!

Good, Good Friday

So, on this Easter weekend, I have to ask myself if I am willing to “scorn the shame” for His sake. Am I willing to be vocal in today’s atmosphere of political correctness, no matter the consequences, to speak boldly of His love and sacrifice for all who would believe?

What’s so good about Good Friday? Jesus redeemed us from the penalty of our sins! Although our sadness this Good Friday over His suffering is appropriate, let’s not forget … Sunday is coming!

Happy Easter!!

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Catholic, Christian, Easter, Good Friday, Jesus, Resurrection

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author avatar Sandy Housley
I love to write non-fiction inspiration, including short stories, devotionals and have a book in the works. I am also a copy-editor and owner of e-bookediting.com

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Easter and Good Friday.

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author avatar Sandy Housley
18th Apr 2014 (#)

I appreciate everyone's comments.

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author avatar WOGIAM
17th Apr 2014 (#)

I look forward to this wonderful season always. I hope you have a blessed celebration at Easter.

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author avatar Su'Elyn Peters
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Perfect thoughts for this precious season!

Sue

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