I remember a guy from the first church I was a member of. I remember him saying that about Good Friday, "What's so good about it?" I thought he was making a joke, and I was really pretty new to the whole church thing, so I thought, "Maybe it's an inside joke, I'll get it later..."
That was around 17 years ago, I am still not sure what he meant by his question, but I am glad he asked it...because every Good Friday I ask myself the question..."What's so good about it?"
I think we must go back to the beginning to find the answer to that.
Have you ever been lying on your back on a perfect summer night, looking at the stars? When we lived in Texas we would occasionally (& spontaneously) load up the kids and throw the air mattresses into the back of the truck and drive out until there was no light pollution. We would all lay on our backs looking up at the stars. We could see so many...so far...it was just amazing. I can remember talking with our kids about how God just spoke all of it into existence.(Genesis 1:14) We were all just so in awe with how mighty and powerful He is.
I know I am not alone when I say, "I love a field of wildflowers..." And why are they so beautiful? God could have made them ugly and stinky, but he didn't.
In Texas we had the privilege of seeing the bluebonnets paint the landscape every spring. My boys. (Jesus made them too) Weren't they sweet?
We have friends who live in Alaska and Colorado, and are never bored with what God has created there.
Other friends showed us pictures like this they had taken in the Canadian Rockies, yes, Jesus made those too!
So, this same Jesus that the Bible says "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Willingly left his throne in Heaven for this...
And this is when while they knelt at the foot of the cross casting lots for his clothes as souvenirs, He said... "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
And he had never ever sinned, he did not deserve any punishment! They should have been on their faces worshiping him! He could have made it happen. He could have stopped it at any moment! But he willing laid down his life for us the sinners. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21
He did this for us because He loves us. He did not deserve this. We deserve this, I deserve this. He loves me, therefore He died for me...and you.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
This same Jesus who knows the thoughts and intents of my heart.
This same Jesus who has power over the Devil, and will one
day throw him into Hell for all eternity.
Here is a photo taken of the Nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy.
So...what's so good about Good Friday?