As Lent draws to a close, we begin to anticipate the celebration coming. We sometimes have a tendency to rush to the happy ending, but the story is just as important.
Today we remember Christ’s crucifixion and the events of that day.
Yesterday, I reminded one of my students of this very fact, and his reply was perfect. ”Why do we call it ‘good’ if it is the day Jesus died!?” He was truly astonished that Christians could be so insensitive. I suppose the irony is shocking.
Mark tells the story of his death; the lies and insults hurled at him; the agony he endured on the way to the cross; the separation from the Father. Even as he hung on the cross, “…those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’” (15:29-30)
I am struck by these words. The Son of God CHOSE to die. He REMAINED on the cross. He endured separation from the Father to restore our relationship with Him.
There are so many reasons to describe this day as “horrible,” but there is one very beautiful reason to call it “GOOD.”
Let us not hurry to the party only to miss the life that happens along the way.
Tonight at LifeChurch, we will provide prayer stations for you and you and your family as we remember Christ’s death on this Good Friday.
Bring the whole family and join us at 6:30 p.m.