The definition of “good” according to Dictionary.com is morally excellent, virtuous, satisfactory in quality or quantity, or even well-behaved. If I think about something that is good, I’m thinking more like…
That was some good coffee.
You really are good at that sport.
There’s a good sale going on this weekend.
That is a good song.
I hear The Waugh Blog is pretty good.
Whether I am describing how something tastes, how adequate your skills, whether or not you will save money, likeability of a song, or just plain wishful thinking… good comes to mind for a lot of things.
What Doesn’t Come To Mind
Good Friday is the remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross. When you hear a day like Good Friday, someone who isn’t a Christian may be wondering what’s so good about it? And, even if you are a Christian, you may be thinking the same thing.
Personally, when I think of good things, a crucifixion is not on the top of my list. You want to know what else doesn’t come to mind when I think of good things?
Betrayal. Being arrested. Put on trial. Stripped. Mocked. Spat upon. Flogged. Ridiculed. Crown of thorns. Nail-pierced hands. Nail-pierced feet. Hanging on a cross. Death.
Doesn’t sound too good to me.
Why Good Friday Is So Good
In the New Testament of the Bible, in a letter to Rome, the Apostle Paul writes…
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Addictions. Lust. Secrets. Jealousy. Lies. Greed. We have all messed up. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all sinned.
With all of our sin. Jesus Christ died for us. Before we did anything. Before we were even born. Jesus already had us on his mind. Jesus had already made the decision to die for me. To die for you.
Not because of anything we did, but because of what Jesus has done. Now that’s good.
It’s More Than Good
One of my favorite childhood cereals was Frosted Flakes. I loved Frosted Flakes when I played soccer because in the commercials, you always see athletes eating Frosted Flakes. It was like Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes were the new Wheaties for kids.
Of course, whenever you think of Tony the Tiger, you have to say it. For me, you have to sing it!
They’re more than good… they’re grrrrrrreat!
As a follower of Jesus Christ, Good Friday is more than good. It’s great.
Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we have been made right in God’s eyes by faith.
Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, there is now nocondemnation.
Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Oh yeah. I just went all Romans Road on you.
Looking Forward To The Weekend
Regardless of your feelings towards Rebecca Black, everybody really is looking forward to the weekend.
And this weekend. Even more so.
This Sunday, we celebrate Easter. Jesus Christ defeating death. Once and for all. As followers of Jesus Christ, we remember the death of our Savior today. And this Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.
Maybe you are reading this and you want to know more about Jesus. Maybe you have grown up in church but never really said, “I want Jesus to be the leader and Savior of my life. I believe.” Shoot me an email and I would love to chat more about starting a relationship with Jesus.
Today can be the day you decide to give your life to God. I promise it will be the best thing you ever do. It was for me.
What do you do to remember Good Friday? How has Jesus changed your life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.