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Why do we call Good Friday, ‘Good?’ After all it’s the day the very Son of God was brutally tortured and executed on a cross. Answering this question also helps us understand what kept him on the cross.
Execution by means of a Roman cross was for criminals and viewed as their damnation – rejected by God. But why Jesus, he committed no sin! The only sinners in this world are you, me and all humanity. We come into this world with a sin nature that rebels against God. Romans 3:23 says; For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So we have the sentence of death upon us from the moment of conception.
The answer to our dilemma is found in 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us. Jesus Christ loves you so much he would rather suffer the just wrath of God for your sin so you could be made right with God, than give up on you. That kind of love is incomprehensible. We’ve never seen nor experienced that kind of love before, nor will we. His crucifixion makes it possible to come before God with confidence to receive forgiveness, mercy and grace.
The crucifixion shows us two things that are certain: first how serious sin is that it results in eternal death. Secondly, how deep is the love of Christ for you that he willing gave his back to the thirty-nine lashes and his hands and feet to be nailed to the cross. This is proof positive that God loves you, and wants to save your eternal soul.
Why is Good Friday good? Because it was God’s will to go to the cross and pay for our sin, he was rejected so we wouldn’t be, and the cup of wrath was turned into a cup of blessing for all who call on him in faith.
~It is by his wounds you are healed. ~
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