Last week my grandson was visiting us for his Spring Break and we went to church on Palm Sunday, It’s our tradition that all the kids come down the aisle waving palm leaves. On the way home, he asked me why it’s a Good Friday when Jesus died that day. Typical 9~year~old question. It’s not an easy question to answer, but I told him that it started out being called “God’s Friday” hundreds of years ago. Then I told him that Good Friday is good because on that day Christ showed us just how much he loves us and that he was willing to sacrifice his life for us. He seemed satisfied with that answer.
Most of us don’t wonder why it’s a Good Friday, we just know that it is. For Christians worldwide, it is a day of remembrance and great sadness. This is the day that the world turned its back on Jesus, but God embraced humanity. We remember the loving sacrifice of God to man. Unfortunately, in the turmoil of today’s world, it’s hard sometimes to find a place that is quiet, where we can reflect on our blessings, the grace of God and the peace that passes all understanding. Last year, I drove over to our church and walked around the grounds and took pictures of places of serenity and peace in the courtyard, the columbarium, and the sanctuary. It gave me a chance in the middle of a busy week to stop and see beauty in an oftentimes frightening world. Again, this year I wanted to share what I found. I pray that today and this weekend and all the weeks to come, that you and your family find peace, comfort and fellowship.
We grieve at the loss of God on earth. On this day, not a single human being, in spite of Jesus’ words, knew or understood what was happening. No one knew what would come to pass just three days hence. No one knew that one day we would call this day Good Friday.
Why It’s a Good Friday
Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
The angel answered and said to the woman, “. . . I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”
Matthew 28:5 ~ 6
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No ones come to the Father except through Me.”
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.”
“I find rest in God; only He can save me. He is my rock and my salvation.”
Psalm 62:1 ~ 2
“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
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ . . .
Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and God.
And that’s Why It’s a Good Friday.