Like you, Joan and I have been solemnly thinking this week about the suffering of Christ on his journey to the Cross. As the news of terrorist bombings in Belgium flash across the television screen and the Twitter feed, we shudder at the loss of innocent lives who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and evil-doers once again wreaked havoc with peace.
No one understands injustice, pain and suffering like our Lord. A man of peace, he was beaten and whipped and kicked and speared. An innocent’s man blood was spilled on a Friday like today. And it was shed BECAUSE of you and me. It was shed FOR you and me. The blood of the Lamb of God paid the price we could not pay, and in doing so He redeemed us for His own!
It just doesn’t seem right to call this day Good Friday. What in the world is “good” about it? The suffering wasn’t good. The injustice wasn’t good. But the one who died for us is good, and loving and forgiving. The work of grace He did through his death on the cross was good, because it came from one whose character was good. The end result (not his death, but our redemption) was good. And because He changes us and transforms us by His grace, we can be good, as He is. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. Because of His goodness, we have entrance into Heaven. Our sins are washed away.
So, tonight we hang our heads and our hearts in sadness at His death. It doesn’t seem like a “Good” Friday. Just remember, it may be Friday, but Sunday’s coming!! We will tell quite a different story then.
As we mourn His pain, suffering and death together today, may our hearts be grateful and humbled. May we be convicted of our sin which cost him his life, yet hopeful because of His sacrifice on our behalf.
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!! Resurrection Day is near!
Brian E. Wilson
Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene