The Invitation: Despair, doubt, and death? How could those have anything to do with a good day? Yet the day Christ was crucified is called Good Friday.
It looked as if God was dead. And physically, as man, He was. It looked as if Jesus was not the Messiah, the One who was to save His people. The healings? The hope? The heart-changes? Had it all been a fraud? And then He said, “It is finished.” What did He mean?
The disciples went back to fishing. They were finished with the Jesus chapter of their lives. How could they have been so misguided? Confusion, self-doubt, and fear for their lives. For three days.
It’s only in hindsight we call that Friday good. For Jesus overcame sin and death and made the way for us to be with God for eternity. The most valuable gift we can ever receive was birthed in the midst of betrayal, torture, and isolation.
We can’t compare our difficulties with what Jesus went through. But may we choose to look at every circumstance with God’s perspective, believing that in three days or three years we will see that God worked good in our lives. May we live with the hindsight of the disciples, knowing the love and power of God. And may we share the good news with others.
Good Friday? Yes. For through the death of Jesus, God brought us life—eternal life—and a personal relationship with our heavenly Father. No matter what’s going on in our lives, this is a good day—a day of promise.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
—Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
Give it a Try: Jesus, thank you for enduring the pain and humiliation of the cross. Thank you for trusting Your Father in the midst of crisis, and thank you for all the good that came out of that Friday long ago. Specifically I want to thank you for: ______________________.
(Take a few moments to be still. Reflect on all Christ gave you. Remember He is for you.)
(If there’s a place in your life that looks or feels impossible, continue praying.)
Lord, I bring this impossible situation to You. On the cross, you already did what is needed to bring healing and restoration. But will You give me Your perspective or a promise to hold on to today? What do You say or reveal to me? (Take some time to listen in God’s presence.)
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
but to save the world through him.
—John 3:16-17 (NIV)