What’s so good about Good Friday anyway?

Most people have asked this at some point… The answer normally being some generic story about Jesus dying for our sins – what does that even mean? Are you seriously telling me that Good Friday makes any difference to us in this day and age? Get real.

 

I’ll try to make my answer as concise as possible. As spoken about in a previous post, there is a problem with the human heart, the cancer of the human race that is ‘sin’. None of us are perfect, but is that really such a problem? It’s fair to say we tend to agree on what is wrong, but differ on what wrongs are excusable. That time I let my friend down, that lie I told, all those times when I put myself first… Surely God can let me off?

 

But what happens when someone does something against you, your family or friends? If someone stole from your Father, lied to your brother, bullied your daughter or cheated on your best friend. To what degree do we deem something excusable? Why is it that we cry out for justice but only when it suits us? I must add, I’m as guilty of this as the next person!

 

God is the perfect standard. The only one who is fully good, loving and totally pure. So it’s only natural for God to hate sin; for where there is love, there is also the opposite- anger. Or as C.S Lewis puts it ‘anger is the fluid love bleeds when you cut it’. In comparison to God we’re all polluted. There is no way we can remove the stain of sin ourselves. We can try to achieve our way back to God; give some money to charity, help out at the soup kitchen, all of which are great but, the baggage of sin is still there on our shoulders.

 

Since God is perfectly loving yet perfectly just, He must punish sin. But this is the best part… God took the punishment for us. Jesus i.e. God the son, came down to us and made himself the lowest of the low. He lived the perfect life and willingly died to take the ‘cup of wrath’ for us. Perfectly loving, perfectly just. Jesus not only experienced one of the most horrific, degrading physical deaths ever, he also experienced the worst spiritual pain. Full judgement and complete separation from His Father. In other words, Jesus put on the clothes of the most despicable man ever, he took on sins of the whole world… A world that put him to death! I find that difficult to comprehend. How bad is sin that God needed to do that to save us (whilst still dealing with sin justly)? He’s well within his rights to simply wipe us out. How can God love us so much to do that?

 

Not only are we given a clean slate, we get a shining reputation in our place. God the Father looks upon us as though we are Jesus himself! He adopts us as his own children. This grace is not forced upon anyone though; God has given us a real will, so we can accept or reject/ignore this gift. If we truly accept that offer, we’re sealed forever, and there is no sin we can do to remove it. Jesus sets us free from all sin, all guilt… The chains are gone. What a saviour.

 

That is why it’s Good Friday. Nah actually, I still think it’s a rubbish name. It should be Fantastic Friday!

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

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13 thoughts on “What’s so good about Good Friday anyway?

  1. Reblogged this on Sara's Musings and commented:
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    I can’t resist reblogging another post from a young “cat lover” on the topic of Good Friday (which is today, by the way). This sure beats me trying to write one (and I’m beginning to really like reblogging other people’s blog posts!!!). Anyway, this is really good and I hope you take the time to read it. Thanks, CuriousCatLady! ~Sara’s Musings @ WordPress.com

  2. Well written.

    If it wasn’t for a cat I’d have never seen yesterday’s Quail.

    It’s interesting to read “He’s well within his rights to simply wipe us out” as reading this morning I just came across;

    Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. Acts 3:19

    We can either choose to repent and have all that’s abhorrent about us wiped out, or ignore the call and risk being “wiped out” for all the dross which blemishes our lives.

    P.S. Apologies for my last post which you actually “liked” I hit publish before I’d finished. It may have ended abruptly….

    • Ahh I see… Yeah, how cool is it that he’d rather ‘wipe out’ our sins knowing the cost of that… Thanks for the read!

  3. Thank you, cat lady, for your comment over at my place. Since I’m mostly a Buddhist, the “god” I acknowledge is that unfathomable, intangible loving force that connects us all, that makes us one living organism, that makes us experience–however indirectly–the burdens and hurts of others. My morality is dictated by my knowledge of that interdependence–when I hurt someone, I hurt all beings and myself.

    This is why I have a difficult time wrapping my head around the idea of sin as it is described in the Bible. Sin, to me, is not wrongdoing, but is the disconnection from God, from the whole organism. This is why we must atone (broken down into “at one”) for our sins, or to literally once again become “at one” with the whole.

    The idea that God’s justice requires Him to punish sin just doesn’t make sense to me, and therefore Jesus having to take one for the team also doesn’t. Justice to me does not happen on the back end as punishment or reward. Justice, for me, is the long trek towards wholeness, peace, and enlightenment. It happens in every moment as life presenting us with opportunities to make choices, and when we choose one thing over another, life gives us a whole other set of choices, until we eventually learn from those choices how to become at one with the whole. (That’s also why I believe in reincarnation–I can’t fathom having just one lifetime to make our way back to the whole. But that’s another topic 🙂 .)

    I don’t believe that God is an outside being who hopes that we make the right choices according to his will but who is also ready to cast us down if we don’t. God, to me, is that which connects, that which makes us–every single one of us–dependent on one another. If we cast just one of us down, we cast all of us down.

    That said, I hope you saw in my post that I think Jesus’s story is beautiful and moving, one that shows God’s desire for us to be at one, to forgive no matter what, and to rise peacefully above our choices and hardships.
    (post: http://howtodisappearagain.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/jesus-another-reason-i-dont-believe-in-hell/)

    Also, please know that I use these forums as a place to start, to more thoughtfully shape my beliefs, so I always welcome challenges to my ideas! Feel free to argue away. 🙂

    (I grew up attending an evangelical Christian church three times a week, an experience out of which I derived both peace and pain, but admittedly more of the latter and the former only in retrospect. Just some background.)

    • Hey! Thank you for your views! I’m going to Thailand this summer… So this is helpful for me as I begin to understand the Buddhist culture I’ll be entering. May I ask, on what do you base your beliefs? Or is it more of an experience thing? l’m looking forward to learning more on this! Thanks for your starter!

      • I’m not sure if it’s PC for me to comment here, but have you ever read “Killing Fields, Living Fields” by Don Cormack? It would be a useful (if long) read, which paints a vivid picture of the various generations of the Church in Cambodia. It also gives useful background information on the beliefs of many in Asia. Most readers on Amazon give it 5 out of 5.

      • Ah, will check that one out! Thanks Stephen!

  4. Great post. You have explained sin and justice very well. And you are right, God’s radical (and loving) action causes us to soberly reflect on our sin and our natural position before our maker. Praise God for his grace! I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrating is great work which is just inconceivably good.

  5. Andy

    B.E.A.U.TIFUL!! might sound weird i dunno, but here goes…Sis (Sister) I love this! Written through your faith and God is clearly working in and through you! 😀

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