TODAY THE WORDS are GOOD FRIDAY. I realize there are a lot of people who do a Happy Dance every Friday marking the usual end of the work week and announcing the weekend. I get tickled at the cute cartoons that accompany the Happy Dance on Facebook. I find that most people associate Fridays as “good” but today marks a different kind of “Good Friday” and is celebrated by Christians as A Friday Like No Other Friday. Let’s look at why it stands out beyond all of the other Fridays in the entire year. What makes it so special and different?
On Facebook, we may see the usual Happy Dance cartoons and statements, but along with those, we will see the face of Christ, usually marked by the dramatic face of human pain and sacrifice and hung on a wooden cross. Why, oh why, would we, as humans, consider this a special day remembering His pain? Each year on this day, and especially mid afternoon, when it is normal for the wind to increase, and a certain darkening of the skies, we stop and pray, some cry, some get quieter, and some take the time to say thank you to Christ, the reason for this special Friday. As sad as it must seem to people who do not fully understand why the labeling of Good Friday to mark the crucifixion of a young man, hung along side a murderer and a thief. If anyone has studied the painful, slow death from crucifixion, it is a horrible way to die and I don’t know if we, as a modern society, where there isn’t a visual aid (and I thank God there isn’t one), have a clue on this horrendous act. As horrendous as it was, why then do we, as Christians, think this is a Good Friday?
It is because of this sacrifice, we have been offered the eternal promise. Christ paved the way for us to have everlasting life. Did He have to do this act of being a martyr? No, but we have been blessed and have salvation offered to us because He chose to make the sacrifice. The ultimate reason for celebrating Good Friday as it prepares us for the real celebration of Easter. Christ knew He would be resurrected, He had the knowledge of His Father, He had the faith and He willingly gave His Life. If I have ever heard a reason to do the Friday Happy Dance, we need to be dancing in the streets on Good Friday and I wonder if we need to think of it as “GREAT FRIDAY”.
Dance through life, shout with joy, and love with all of your might!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Matthew 27:54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
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