What’s so good about Good Friday?
What must have been going through the hearts and minds of Jesus’ friends and followers as they witnessed the horrific events surrounding the crucifixion? They had pinned all their hopes and aspirations on this man who now hung on a criminal’s cross…the object of scorn and ridicule.
The comforting and hopeful words Jesus had poured into each of their lives must have seemed like distant memories in the midst of the chaos.
This wasn’t what they had expected and it sure wasn’t what they had bargained for.
Jesus had tried to warn them, but none of them would have expected it to be like this… There were a lot of words and emotions that, I’m sure, sprang up in their minds, but…
I doubt “Good” was in the mix.
Of course in retrospect, we don’t have to deal with the gritty reality of the crucifixion. Instead, our Easter recollections are largely symbolic in nature. Still, this season beacons us to take more than a passing glance at the cross and what it stands for.
It’s a stirring reminder that God always keeps His promises and that His ways are always good.
God promised that the Messiah would come and HE DELIVERED.
Jesus was the supreme sacrifice.
He was the promised deliverer.
Jesus came from God’s right hand and He lived to die and rise again, so that we might have a relationship with God.
Despite sickness, misunderstandings, broken relationship, shattered dreams…God promises to make a way for you.
Abraham stood at the brink of making a seemingly impossible choice, but God made a way.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.
But, when it came to His own son, Jesus…God chose to make the sacrifice, so that you and I could be saved.
Today, on this Good Friday, I want to comfort you with these words…God keeps His promises.
Although the present may seem bleak; even though the chaos of the swirling present threatens to drown out all hope, remember…
Sunday is coming.
God knows your name.
God sees your circumstances.
God’s promises are good.
The answer is seldom apparent until the darkness clears.
God always comes through.
He is good.
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