“Good” Friday

Wow, today is an awful day.  Track with me if I can make sense.

2000 and a few years ago last night, God’s Son was taken prisoner.  His best friends left him, and His Dad disowned Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  All of this happened for our sake!

Romans 5:7-8 “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Jesus went through torture, imprisonment, abandonment, and utter disgrace for me – often a faltering and fumbling adopted child.

We celebrate today, “Good Friday” and yet I am choking on the word good.  The last three days I have read in Matthew, Mark and Luke what Jesus went through up to His death on the cross.  Tomorrow I will read the John account.  How horrible an experience that He did for me, something I do not deserve.

Today I am trying to grasp the concept of Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”.

Now add Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

How can I, we, not weep (as I am doing now, I cry easily) at what He went through for us.  Today I will weep, but Sunday is coming!!!

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