This is what our teaching elder wrote to us this Friday morning:
For the believer in Jesus Christ, today is GOOD Friday. Good, not in the sense many of us use the word ‘good,’ but ‘good,’ in terms of what this day is all about; ‘good,’ in terms of what this day secured for us; ‘good,’ because of what it ultimately accomplished for us!
It’s a bit odd, perhaps, that Christians have attached such an adjective to this Friday.
If given the time, one who could come up with other descriptors for this day–words that would fit with someone’s death: Cross-bearing Friday, Dark Friday, Bad News Friday, Rotten Friday...This One who died on the cross, though…this was not just another death; this was God’s Son, and His death is GOOD! On that Good Friday long ago, around the time I’m currently writing, Jesus went to the cross, and took upon Himself–in His own flesh–your sins! If you are in Christ, this is a splendid, glorious, GOOD Friday, indeed!
“For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Living He loved me, Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever,
One day He’s coming, O glorious Day!
For today, I encourage you to read Luke 22:47-23:56; Matthew 26:26-27:61; and Mark 14:43-15:47.
He hideth our unrighteousness with His righteousness,
He covereth our disobedience with His obedience,
He shadoweth our death with His death,
That the wrath of God cannot find us.
~Henry Smith (1560-1591)
“…that the wrath of God cannot find us.”
Grateful for Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) It is my prayer today that the grace, mercy, and deep, deep love of Jesus would abound to you and yours as you celebrate this week the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!