Hi Hope Ames!
What's so "good" about Good Friday?
Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus' death on the cross for our sins. Jesus' painful, cruel, unfair and brutal death was good?
It's wild enough to think that the cross has become the logo of Christianity (and it should be). We portray the cross through jewelry and art (and there's nothing wrong with that), but it was a tool used for execution. It's the modern-day equivalent of the electric chair. Again, good?
It shouldn't have been a good day for Jesus.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed (1 Peter 2:24).
I try not to forget that Jesus had to die. For me. It humbles me. It's tragic, but it's good.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied... my righteous servant will make it possible to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins (Isaiah 53:11).
Did you catch it? Jesus had to die for me - yes - but he was glad to die for me, for you, and for all. It assures me into love with him. It's good.
P.S. There's a party this weekend, and you're invited. Our Good Friday service is tonight at 7:00, and we'll celebrate the greatest comeback of all time - Easter - on Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Ames City Auditorium. See you there!