10 Reasons Why Good Friday Is So Good (40 Days of Easter Truth #38)
Easter Focus Passage: John 19:28-30
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Easter Truth – DAY THIRTY-EIGHT:
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, holds the complete satisfaction of God, the fulfillment of Jesus Christ, and the grace poured out for the entire world in a crucible called Calvary. The bloodied, battered, heartbroken, burdened Jesus slowly trudges up the hill, bearing a cross and the sins of the entire world on His back. If God had decided to end everything with Good Friday, then we would be men and women most miserable, living a life of ultimate despair and meaninglessness, headed straightway to an end with no hope. Jesus’ death was both the worst and the best. He died so that we may live. He bled so that we may be clean. He was made sin so we could be made righteous. Good Friday was a bad day for Jesus, but it was a good day for all for us.
Here are 10 reasons why Good Friday is so good:
1. Good Friday is so good because it teaches us how to love. Love is one of the greatest, most powerful forces in the world. Nothing is made more evident and more real to us than the love Jesus showed through His death on the cross. Jesus showed His love and He prove His love, not just with words, but with actions. By Jesus’ example of unconditional love for us, He indirectly showed us how to love one another.
2. Good Friday is so good because Jesus Christ showed what it means to sacrifice. Sacrifice means something that is given up or surrendered for the sake of something else or someone else. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He gave up His life for our sake so we could have the hope of eternal life. It is great to know that we have a Heavenly Father and Heavenly Big Brother who are selfless in sacrifice.
3. Good Friday is so good because Jesus made new life possible. Jesus died so that we might live. When He stretched out His arms, allowed the soldiers to pierce His side, took the vinegar and gall, cried out in agony, and experienced rejection and betrayal, Jesus pushed the limits of suffering to make new life possible for all of us.
4. Good Friday is so good because Jesus proved what it means to be a burden bearer. When Jesus put the cross on His back to make the cruel trip to Golgotha, He took all the sin and guilt of the entire world with Him. When the cross was raised on that fateful day, Jesus raised all our sins with Him. He proved what it really means to bear a burden that we could not bear and pay a debt that we could not pay.
5. Good Friday is so good because Jesus showed us the importance of finishing what we start. The last words of Jesus on the cross were, “It is finished.” What a short, powerful statement that is. These last words closed out the earthly life of Jesus Christ. He had done what He came to do. His mark was made; His legacy was sealed. Jesus finished His job on earth. We ought to live in such a way and do what God has called us to do in such a way, that at the end of our own lives, we can say like Jesus, “It is finished.” Thank God, Jesus Christ is not still being crucified, but that it is done — signed, sealed, and delivered.
6. Good Friday is so good because it helps us to endure darkness in a whole new light. We all have dark periods in our lives. We all will endure times when it seems as though we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. When sickness invades our bodies, family members go astray, dreams are unfulfilled, and our heart breaks for the ones nearest and dearest to us, we walk a similar dark path that Jesus walked. But in light of the darkest day on earth, Jesus’ death gives us hope that there is always light after darkness. When Jesus is in view, the dark times in our lives will always be overridden by His light. He got through the darkest day on earth, and we too can get through our own dark days.
7. Good Friday is so good because it is filled with promises. The death of Jesus Christ promises new life, hope, peace, joy, everlasting access to God the Father, love, and a perfect home called Heaven. In His death, He promised a brighter day to come for the world. When the veil tore in the Temple and the earthquake shook the region, Jesus’ promises of salvation and forgiveness were fulfilled.
8. Good Friday is so good because it shows that death is not the end of life. Jesus’ resurrection makes death seem obscure and meaningless. Death was not the end of life for Jesus and it is not the end of life for those who follow Him. Life in Christ will win the victory over death every time.
9. Good Friday is so good because Jesus overcame. Jesus overcame sin, hell, guilt, shame, hurt, pain, and death when He died on the cross. He let nothing get past His sacrifice for us. Trouble and heartbreak all stop at the foot of the cross. Nothing can overwhelm us that can’t get past the cross. Everything that we will ever have to face or experience in life, Jesus Christ faced it and overcame it on the cross.
10. Good Friday is so good because Jesus made a way for us to overcome. If Jesus never died, life would be unbearable for many of us. But because Jesus died and conquered death, He made it possible for us to overcome as well. So when life gets tough, people disappoint, money runs low, children get sick, and loved ones die, we know that we can be strong and overcome because Jesus embraced the strength of the Father and overcame for us on the cross.
Lord, we thank You for Good Friday. Good Friday makes Easter Sunday possible. The suffering of Friday makes the victory of Sunday possible. The pain of Friday makes the promise of Sunday possible. Thank You for willingly giving Yourself up for us, paying the price for a debt that we could never pay. Help us to live in humble reverence of Your sacrifice for us and to live worthy of the blood You shed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.