Friday, April 3, 2015

The ‘Wait, What?!’ of the Week

An innocent man is arrested. He is beaten, tried before a “kangaroo court,” found guilty and sentenced to death. Then he is beaten some more, and finally executed in the most painful and gruesome manner ever devised by the sadistic mind of man. And the day this all happens is called “Good.”

Wait. What?! How can this sad and painful and unjust day be called “Good”? Well, for centuries we’ve been calling this particular day “Good Friday.” Hmm, why exactly is it “good” that an innocent man was arrested and beaten and murdered? Actually, on that day, it was not good; it was awful. But on Sunday, the preceding Friday retroactively became good. When Jesus rose from the dead He turned something awful into something wonderful. By His painful death He took the punishment we all deserve; He paid the price for our sin. Then when He rose, He conquered death once and for all. Best of all, He promised that if we put our faith in Him, we too will conquer death.

So yeah, despite the horror and the pain and the blood, that particular awful day turned into a good day, Good Friday. God bless you on this somber day of reflection. But don’t forget: Sunday is coming!

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