This morning I walked into our building and noticed that our cafeteria is closed for “Good Friday”. Seriously? It isn’t even a federal holiday and they are closed?
Well, honestly, Good Friday is NOT a holiday nor should it be.
And what’s so “good” about Good Friday?
Good Friday is the Friday prior to Easter Sunday which recognizes the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Yes, it’s a Christian thing so what’s so good about a day when Jesus was brutally beaten and suffered death on the cross?
If you need a reminder about what happened, you need to watch the movie “Passion of the Christ”. I have only been able to watch it once. It’s pretty graphic and closely accurate to what happened. I warn you that the movie is pretty graphic. You will gain a whole new understanding of how Jesus suffered and died.
And this is supposed to be good?
It is good because of the suffering and death of Jesus, as brutal as it was, fulfilled God’s plan to save people from their sins.
So why did a man have to die to save people from their sins?
Yes, I know it’s a little difficult to understand but you would have to go back in history and understand the culture at that time.
After Adam and Eve sinned the world changed. Sin is the wickedness in each of us that causes us to act selfishly, to rebel against God, and to hurt one another. In the Old Testament, Gold instructed people to set aside the day of atonement to make sacrifices for their sins. They were to bring an innocent, blemish-free animal as a temporary atonement for their sins. God gave a temporary means of forgiveness through the death of animals. The problem with this method was that no amount of sheep or other animals could remove the sin from the world. Jesus came as the only human being in all of history who was completely pure and without sin. In God’s plan, it took a blameless human to become the ultimately sacrifice for sin.
This whole explanation can really get twisted depending on which religion you listen to. It’s difficult to grasp the fact that someone who died a horrible death thousands of years ago could still affect us today.
I’m not expecting this blog to convince you if you don’t believe. That’s totally up to you. There is no way a person could intellectually convince you through scientific of historical facts. Even if you go to the site of the crucifixion, it would still be hard to believe. I have been there and seen the place and I have to tell you that the bus station next to the location kind of doesn’t fit what we imagine it to be. But when you think about it, when, in any other point of history was a perfect situation for God to choose the time period that He did to do this? Yes, just imagine if something like this happened today?
Good Friday is really about blood. The blood atonement that Jesus gave for the sins of the world. The Bible states that blood was the symbol for life. Old Testament sacrifices were only temporary and only pardoned for a short time. This atonement was a weekly thing but when Jesus shed his blood on this day, He voluntarily gave himself for all time and no need for future sacrifices.
So, really, Good Friday is good for us.
If you want to see a powerful music video about Good Friday, watch “This Blood is for You”