Today is Good!
Why do we call today “Good Friday,” when it represents the day the Son of God was crucified upon the cross? It seems obvious that we should celebrate Easter Sunday because it is the day Christ Jesus raised from the dead. But, on the day of His death, should we celebrate?
We must remember that Christ our Lord gave His life for us. He was in perfect authority on that day. We read in Philippians that Jesus humbled himself even in coming to earth as a human being. The Creator came as like those whom He created, to chase us down and redeem us from our rebellious hearts. We were separated from God because of the sin of Adam and Eve. When they sinned, we all sinned with them. We chose our own desires and set Satan and ourselves up as our god rather than the only Righteous One. In Romans, Jesus is called the “second Adam.” He is the God-man, the perfect Son of Man who was tempted in every way but found sinless! Everything about His life was humbling: birth in a manger, life as a carpenter, and finally death by crucifixion (Philippians 2:8).
Jesus died not just as a man, but as one who became sin for us. By the Father’s perspective, he bore the sin of the world on His shoulders! Father God poured out His righteous wrath on His only Son. The most marvelous trade in history happened on that day. Christ took our sin and paid it in full–handing us His righteousness in its place. The division between God and man was broken because God himself crossed the boundary and paid our way into fellowship with Him!
The Gospel of Mark has one of the shortest accounts of the crucifixion, but the author writes with extreme clarity. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the pivotal moment in all of history. Do not pass by this weekend in busy apathy. If your heart and soul have been transformed by the God of the Bible then this is time to celebrate deeply. If you are not yet a follower of Christ, then look upon the cross and see the perfect love of God–and worship Him in repentance and humble submission. Today is good because the curtain is torn! Separation no longer exists. Access has been freely granted to the Father by the obedience of His righteous son!
“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!'” – Mark 15:37-39