In the spirit of quirky, crazy Christians and what could possibly be “good” about Good Friday, what a beautiful day to celebrate all the paradoxes and riddles that faith presents us with. There is no greater paradox than Good Friday and I do so love all the conundrums and riddles that the Lord has set before us. They’re like treasure hunts, delightful clues and riddles, handed to us with great love.
Good Friday is the day Christ went to the cross to pay for the sins of mankind. There can be no greater love than a God who would willingly sacrifice and suffer so much to pay the ransom for all of mankind. Many of us know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” But it is John 3:17 that is really awesome, “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
To me that passage is so meaningful. We do not serve a God of condemnation or judgment, we serve a God of love, forgiveness, and mercy. God’s love, His patience, His empathy for His people, is like no other. Words are simply inadequate to describe it. Everything just falls short in light of that perfect love. God loves us more than we love ourselves, even in the midst of our current selfie obsessions and assorted odd behaviors and broken world.
Being a girl, it is all about the love, the gentleness, the honor of Christ. Steadfast, never wavering. That’s what I reach out for, those are the aspects of who God is that I have come to know so well. Those gifts of mercy, redemption, transformation, eternal salvation, really are what God is all about, but sometimes when I ponder it, I realize that I tend to have a very feminized perception. There is another part to God that we don’t talk about much, His plan for us that began in the Garden when sin first entered the world. His rights to us as His Creation. God loves us, not simply because He is so perfect in His love, but also because we are His. We belong to Him. He has intellectual property rights, if you will. Physical rights, too. Sin and death were not a part of His design.
Some people have a hard time with the idea of surrendering yourself like a piece of property, but I’m not talking about surrendering to human people here, but rather to our Creator. When we surrender to God, rather than oppression, we find freedom. Rather than condemnation, we find love. Ownership is not about exploitation, but rather protection. Let me tell you, it sure beats the alternative. God has stamped “reserved” on us. He went to the cross for all of mankind, and he’ll even go to the depths of hell to retrieve us.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17
It’s hard to imagine anything better than redemption, salvation, eternal life, but in this Treasure hunt with God I have learned that He is even more mysterious and wonderful than we are capable of imagining. Good Friday is the fulfillment of the law, it is evidence of the steadfast love God has for us, and it is proof that He is the one in control of our destiny. The alpha and the omega.
So that is why Good Friday is so good.
Some people have a difficult time understanding why Christians focus so much on the crucifixion and the suffering to be found there. It is a vital part in paving the way to understanding the price that was paid on our behalf, the shame that was felt and despised, the sacrifice that was made for us all . Conviction is a tough pill to swallow, but we must embrace it to really understand what love is all about.
Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
***repost from 2014