Hey friends, how are you today, on this beautiful Good Friday? Today in my neck of the woods, the skies are blue, the sun is out in all its glory, there is snow on the ground and our temperature at this time, is a mere 29° with winds at 17mph, and so it feels a tad bit colder than the actual temperature. Thankfully my reality is usually far removed from my feelings. Because of the price paid by my Savior for my life, I am allowed to feel, but not be overwhelmed by my circumstances. My feelings should always be placed in perspective because how I feel isn’t always an accurate view of my reality.
Today is Good Friday, though many Christians may feel there was nothing ‘good’ about this day a few thousand years ago. Many see the betrayal of Judas, the denial of Peter, the mocking of the crowd, the beatings of the soldiers. We remember the desperate cries of our Lord to ‘take this cup from me’. We recall the acceptance of the cross in His Words, “not My will, but Thine be done”. We see, in our minds’ eye, our Lord’s final moments and listen as He says, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.
I choose joy on this day because I know the full story. My Lord chose this path before time began. Even before the first man was created, this plan was already written. It was the only way for my salvation. And how thankful I am that I am saved. I am saved because of the cross. Eternal life is mine, peace is mine, joy is mine, beauty is mine all because of the death, burial and resurrection of the Son, Who is God. No need to mourn because He lives!
I know that death does not inspire joy, but in this case resurrection cannot take place without it. It was the very necessary chain reaction which made my salvation possible. One could not go on without the other, you see, all three had to happen.
Happy Good Friday, friends, how are you doing? What are your feelings about Good Friday? Are you a ‘Good’ or Not so Good’ Friday believer? Which are you and why?