Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to death--
even death on a cross---a mode of death reserved for the dregs of humanity*. Yet, Jesus willingly went to the cross; this was his life’s purpose! Hebrews
12:2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was before him!
Joy, in dying? Yes! Because he loves us that much!
So, what’s so good about Good Friday? On that terrible and glorious
day in history humankind's sin debt was paid in full. God satisfied his own
requirement, which is, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God took our
punishment, he became the God-Man, and died in our place. But, that
wasn't enough! Because, if Jesus had stayed in the tomb, that "Good" day wouldn’t have been sufficient!
The Bible says, if Christ wasn't raised from the dead, our faith is futile;
we are still in our sins. . . . If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all
people. But Christ
was indeed raised from the dead (2 Corinthians 15:17-20)!
When we trust in Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, we are rescued from the
kingdom of darkness, forgiven of our
sins, and granted citizenship in God's eternal kingdom--beginning here
and now (Colossians 1:13-14,
Ephesians 2:1-22, see also Isaiah 53).
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never
die (John 11:25).”
Good Friday is good because Jesus overcame our greatest foe--sin and death!
The tomb is still empty! He is
Risen . . . he is risen indeed! Happy Easter!