Here we are in Easter Week 2012 ~ these are some thoughts to nudge our reflection as we move through this Easter week…
Why can this Friday be remembered as a Good Friday?
Can good really come forth from something bad?
After all, this Friday we remember the worst day of Christ’s life. The day he gave up his. It’s certainly, from the outside looking in, the worst possible day. We can only see the ‘bad’ – what he endured. But the ‘good’ is the love that drove him forward through the experience, the death. The ‘good’ is the heart in which he made known to us – a love that say’s “you’re worth everything to me.” The ‘good’ is that through this horrific death – we are offered new life – new hope – new opportunity. Because he endured ‘bad’ for our ‘good’. I have friends who received ‘bad’ test results – that forced surgery, recovery and that ultimately led to their good. I’ve had friends that got ‘bad’ news that no one desires, but yet they have seen ‘good’ come through it.
Sometimes bad can come from good. This Friday, we remember that Jesus endured what I deserved in order to grant me the good only he could provide. And he did that because of love.
Jesus said this in John 15:
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you…” ~ John 15:12-16a
And with that command to love one another – with that declaration of what great love looks like – Jesus embarked on his last day to practice what he preached.
It’s a Good Friday because we follow a Savior who took our ‘bad’ that we might have life through his ‘good’…
We will soon celebrate the Empty Grave. But today we remember the Cross that had to come first… you can’t get to the ‘good’ of Easter without going through the ‘bad’ of that Friday.
So reflect today on the last 7 recorded words of Jesus from the Cross.
I pray that it speaks to your heart:
You can join us at Casas for our Good Friday service if you want to lean into Good Friday with us…