As Good Friday approaches, here’s a brief intro about this historic day.
Now if you’re a Christian and you already know about Good Friday, feel free to continue reading to refresh your knowledge about it. To everyone else out there, read this as it will be the most important news you’ll ever hear in your life.
Put away whatever you’re doing and concentrate on this. Take a deep breath, soak it all in, read every single word mindfully, then contemplate about it, discern it, and fog will clear up and hopefully, the truth will unravel.
To grasp on what Good Friday is all about, one must first appreciate the concept of original sin. In the Bible, the book of Genesis, God created mankind, Adam, then Eve to rule over the world (Garden of Eden). But sin came into the picture and they were separated from God. God was perfect and He hated sin, which led to the suffering of mankind generation to generation. People were then enslaved by sin, they worshipped false gods, they killed and stole, they were in darkness. To put this into perspective, if you were a creator and your creation was rebelling against you, you would be angry, so God was angry at the world. Going back to the default, we were all supposed to die, due to our sin. But God is loving and did not unleash his wrath on us, instead, God had a plan to save his chosen ones.
John 3:16 (ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God’s plan to satisfy his wrath was to send Jesus, the Son of God into the world, who was fully man and fully God to preach about God and healed the sick. His ministry on Earth can be seen in the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation. But you might have questions like — why was Jesus needed in the picture? Why was he the perfect sacrifice?
Jesus, the True Passover Lamb
Jesus was to be a propitiation for the sins of the people. In other words, God’s wrath was internalized in a sense where poured out his rage on Jesus, the perfect substitute. In order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations, Jesus was to be the sacrificial lamb. The symbolic meaning of lamb as a sacrifice is found in the old testament, the book of Exodus chapter 12, where the Jews who were enslaved in Egypt had to sacrifice a perfect lamb, a lamb without blemish, in order to be saved from God’s judgement of death. This then inspired the Passover Festivals, which is a celebration of the Jews’ freedom from the rule of the Egyptians.
The Dark side of Jesus’ death
Jesus had to suffer for our sins. He was a sinless man and did not deserve any punishment at all. But because he loved us, he chose to die for us. Jesus was beaten and insulted by the Roman soldiers, he had to carry the cross up to the Skull, he was then nailed to the cross and lifted up. All this must have been excruciating, but in all honesty, it wasn’t the bloodshed that made it unbearable for him, it was our sin. Jesus’ human nature died on the cross in which then he descended into hell for three days.
Moreover, the people who were close to Jesus in his times, the apostles, disciples, and followers of Jesus and especially Jesus’ mother were weeping when Jesus was hung on the cross, and after his death, they were mourning. Surprisingly, those who supported Jesus’ crucifixion even beat their chest in sorrow, wondering what they have done.
The Good side of Good Friday
Without that bleak day suffering and bloodshed at the cross, God could not be both just and the justifier of those who trust in Jesus as seen in Romans 3:26. Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be evil’s victory over God was actually the final blow in God’s gloriously good plan to vindicate the world from the oppression of sin.
In addition to that, the merging of great suffering and God’s forgiveness can be seen through the cross. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” That verse transpired on the cross, where God’s stipulation, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We were given divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus took our divine punishment out of God’s will, the consequence of God’s righteousness against sin. Jesus bore the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Now that you have had a glimpse into what Good Friday is all about, I hope you managed to get an idea of this momentous day and why it is such an enormous day for Christians and it can be even for you. That said if you want to learn more about this Gospel and this article somehow interested you, feel free to leave some comments below and I’ll do my best to give you some resources or even answer your questions if you have any.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed year!!