What Is good about good Friday?
During my school days, some of my classmates have asked me why the day on which Jesus was killed on the cross is being called a good day instead of a bad or sad day. I don’t think I really gave them a proper reply since even I had the same doubt in my mind till I really understood what this day means.
We humans make mistakes and break God’s rules all the time. Do you feel close to God when you are making mistakes? No right??? Sin which is bad behavior separates us from God and fellow humans.
Imagine a trip to the mall with a mischievous 2 year old. He wants to run as fast as he can, as far away from his mom who is chasing after him. Can he sit in one place without any mischief? Can he keep his hand to himself or stop asking questions despite his limited vocabulary? We are like that. We cannot stop ourselves from making mistakes. We hate, lie, gossip, slander, hurt others. okay okay let me stop now because the list is getting a little too long. :)
What does the toddler’s mom do? She runs behind him to protect him from danger. Similarly God hates to be away from his children even if they run away from him. He approaches them and reaches out to them.
Well I should know this. I have a tendency to keep running away from him and He has to drag me back many times by showing me some undeserved love and few times by knocking me on the head very gently. Trust me! I totally deserve those knocks on the head.
Here comes the problem – God has 2 roles in our life. He is
1. A father – whose heart pains when he has to punish his children.
2. A pure God and judge – who has to punish sin.
He cannot compromise one role for another.
If He punishes us, we cannot bear it.
If he ignores our mistakes, he is not being just.
Do I still want to be reconciled with him? Of course yes. It doesn’t matter whether I am worthy of it or not, I would prefer not to go to hell. Oy! The heat, the darkness, the loneliness, the physical and mental torture.
So he decided to show us mercy and to punish himself instead of us for our mistakes. The cross has two lines intersecting each other. The cross is the point of intersection of his mercy towards humans and wrath towards sin.
He was my substitution on the cross. Well bad for him but good for me. Call me selfish but I am not complaining one bit about this arrangement. So now tell me is this a good Friday or a bad Friday?
Now why should God take so much effort to reconcile with us?
Will humans really appreciate what He has done? Humans would have feared and respected Him better if He just chose to smite them for their sins right?
I am cynical about human nature too but He seems to have a more optimistic approach towards His children. He believes that a person who is truly grateful for what God has done will not continue in his old ways. God is optimistic that grateful humans will allow God to slowly work on their heart and change them and make them better people little by little. Progress is made in baby steps daily. Once we taste the love of God, we try to follow God’s rules, we slip and fall and then we say sorry and try harder. God is there holding our hands like a mother holds the hands of her child who is learning to walk. He knows whether we are truly trying or whether we are being a hypocrite.
What is our biggest fear? Isn’t it fear of death? When man was created, he was supposed to live for ever. Only when the first sin was committed, death was allowed into the world so death and fear of death came into this world. On the 3rd day after good Friday, Jesus rose from the dead to prove that we don’t have to fear death anymore.
1. He paid for my sins by dying on the cross.
2. He showed me that He has control over death. So I don’t have to live in fear.
3. And most importantly God cannot punish me for my sins anymore. He cannot even mention it or remember it.
Remember the movie double jeopardy? Just like double jeopardy … God cannot punish twice for the same sin. Sin has already been punished when Jesus died that excruciating death.
Many think that Christmas is the most important day for Christians. It is not so. His birth did not save humans. Only his death and resurrection saved humans.
Without realizing this, sometimes Christians cry on this day. You might have seen people whipping themselves, piercing themselves etc etc on good Friday. We don’t have to do all that to appease God. He is a father. Will he be happy to see his children torturing themselves like this?
Some even do stupid things like blaming the roman government or Jews for killing him. Can humans kill God? Duh…Jesus could have walked down from the cross if he wanted to.
Good Friday was God’s plan to reconcile with His children because He loves them very very much. He came to this earth with a plan and He completed his mission on Good Friday. His children are not distant from him anymore. They can boldly run to him and sit on his lap like a toddler would boldly approach his parent. They don’t have to fear death anymore. Sin has been punished. Mission accomplished! That is why this day is called a good Friday.
Sometimes people misrepresent God and show him like a dictator or strict school master who is waiting to smack us on the head with a ruler.
God hates sin but he always always seeks to reconcile with the sinner. The most scary thing on this earth is when we feel like God is our enemy and that he hates us and is against us. It is not true. We should not believe those lies when we are going through tough situations.
The cross is a symbol of God’s love for humans.
It is not a sign of defeat/ sadness but a sign of joy of reconciliation and triumph over death.
If you are going through a difficult time, remember God loves you so much that He was willing to die for you. This is how He proved his love. Hang in there. He loves you so much and He will be near you as you face this difficult situation. Cling to Him and don’t hesitate to tell him all your fears. He will listen no matter how small or big your problem is and He will guide you.
Humans may hurt you. But God hurt himself just so He can be close to you.
God loves you.
Have a wonderful and happy Good Friday!