What’s So Good about Good Friday

What’s so good about “Good Friday?” after all it’s the depiction   of the worst death a man can endure.  For the Roman soldiers were experts in humiliating and torturing their victims and this particular Friday the condemned had already suffered numerous beatings.   So what’s so good about seeing a bloodied, tortured, mutilated, and naked body hanging on a cross on Friday morning?  Furthermore, why would the victim who seemed to have all the power at His disposal months prior is allowing Himself to be treated this way?

In order for us to understand this scenario we need to go to the beginning of time and comprehend what let Him to this point in time. 

God creates man and woman and they were perfect.  Their relationship with each other and God was amazing.  Notice how the Bible describes them:  “The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)  Naked, with no sin, no shame, no problems!  But unfortunately disobedience births sin which results in brokenness between all the parties involved; Man, Woman, and God are now alienated.  Genesis 3:9-11 describes this terrible situation in this manner:  9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  For the first time in the creation story we see man ashamed of being naked.  Interesting to note that God makes mention to the nakedness that man and woman feel.   Disobedience has now caused two things to occur which God never intended for man to feel, ashamed and fearful.

So how does God bring a solution to this epic problem that man has put himself in?  God created us to be in communion with Him, in other words, He created us for Himself and now we are separated due to sin.  Our first father Adam failed miserably and because of his failure we are all destined to die.  What would be the plan?  2 Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  The plan was a simple but yet complex.  The first Adam failed so there was a need to send a second Adam that will deliver the world from their sins and reconcile them back to God.  The complexity of it all is that it would have to be the Son of God since only The Creator can save the created.  1 Cor. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

The apostle Paul sums it up well when he writes:

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.  (Romans 5:6-11)

So what’s so good about “Good Friday?”  In one word, RECONCILIATION!   Jesus while hanging on the cross was reconciling the world to himself.   While the first Adam hid naked and ashamed from his sin Jesus, the second Adam, showed the world that he is not afraid to hang naked and be ashamed for our sins.  He loves us so much that “He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you.” – Max Lucado.  It’s all about relationship.  God desires to finish what he started in creation and through Jesus we are now reconciled and made anew in Him.  So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.  1 Cor. 15:45



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