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I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Why do we call it Good Friday?

March 25, 2016

Why do we call it Good Friday when a man who had committed no sin, no wrong doing of any kind, was tortured beyond comprehension and then subjected to excruciating public death by crucifixion? What could possibly be good about that?

My simplest explanation is this. Good Friday is the day Good overcame the curse of evil. 

God the Father took an event of horror, an absolute travesty of justice, that was carried out against an act of incomprehensible submission and obedience, and then transformed that horror into a Beauty and Glory beyond all measure that will never perish or fade away.  

On this day, with His death, God broke the curse over us, which is Death itself. 

Because one Man who owed no debt of sin at all submitted to God the Father even to death, justice was fulfilled in a single act of sacrifice and the payment for all sin was made. He did on behalf of each of us what we could never do for ourselves or anyone else. Yeshua, Son of God, gave His life so that we who believe on His name might have Life with Him forever. God redeemed the absolute worst possible outcome of our worst possible actions with His own actions. His own act of supreme, unalterable love made possible a Good for us that could never have been ours, apart from this act. And that is Good news!

 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son,

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,

but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3.16-17

 

C.S. Lewis said this so simply in Mere Christianity:

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”

 

My prayer for you this day is that you will know His name saves

and that your Good Friday will be marked with hope.

You are loved.

Lancia E. Smith

Why do we call it Good Friday?

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