It’s Good Friday today. But it sure doesn’t feel like a good day for the world.
As I’m writing this, countries around the globe are grappling with a virus pandemic that seems adamant to stay put.
Lockdown is the new buzzword. Stay-at-home is the new normal. And social distancing is the new commandment.
What that translate to is that people can no longer go out freely. Businesses have to stay close. And politicians have to work their guts out trying to save both lives and livelihood.
What in the world is happening?
Official report has death toll from the virus at 100,000 globally. So Easter celebrations ain’t happening as billions of people are stuck indoors to halt the pandemic’s deadly march.
Good Friday? Really? Doesn’t feel like one at all.
What good can come at a time when people around the world are trying to make sense of the situation, living in fear wondering if they might be infected, or worried sick if they might lose their income given all the negative economic impact caused by the pandemic?
As I reflect on what’s happening, it occurred to me that if we turn back the clock to 2000 years ago on the Friday that Jesus died, His disciples and followers must have felt lousy too.
When they saw Him hung on that cross, they must have felt helpless. When they wrapped His lifeless body in linen, they must have felt nothing but despair. And when they looked at His sealed tomb, any remaining hopes they had in Him were completely dashed.
They were expecting Jesus to be the Messiah to redeem Israel but how was He to save them when He died? I’m pretty sure none of his disciples nor followers would have called it a good day.
So why in the world is the day that Jesus died referred to as Good Friday? Surely to qualify as good, that day must have made some significant difference for many.
Well, something significant did happen. Romans 5:8 – 10 tells this clearly:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
WOAH. That’s certainly good news! No, it’s awesome news!
Because of what Jesus did on the cross for us, we are reconciled to God and can now call Him Abba Father! We are His precious children forevermore!
If that’s not good, then what is?
Friend, this is why the day that Jesus died is called Good Friday.
The stone to the entrance of His tomb has been rolled away. He is risen!
As His believers, we’re no longer defeated. No. Today, we’re all standing on victory ground. The ground that Jesus died to give us. We’ve been freed by the blood of Jesus to live a life full of God’s mercy and grace.
And THIS is the reason Good Friday is really that good.