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 evil.
God the Father took the worst travesty of justice, the singular and most horrific act of man, and transformed it into history altering, Life-giving Glory.
On this day, 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, the requirement for justice was fulfilled. In a single agonizing act of sacrifice, the payment for all our 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 supremely best actions. His own act of unconquerable and unalterable love made possible a Good for us that could never have been ours, apart from this act. That is astonishingly Good news! We hear the truth of it ringing here, “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
Echoing Augustine from centuries earlier, 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.”
Today, may you know that His name saves. May your Good Friday be rooted deep in hope. Yes, death has its sting now, there is no denying that. But its terrible grip of finality is broken, death no longer has the final, bitter word. Already the power of Life is washing through the universe, washing immortality into those who believe and receive it. This is our hope and this is our Joy. The Son of God Who died for us, lives! Because He lives, all that is bitter and wrong will be undone and remade right. His Day is swift approaching. Let us be found awake and ready for Him, living out our lives with joy and good cheer, doing the work of this day with courage and hope, cultivating for His kingdom right where we are, brave and rejoicing!
The featured image is courtesy of Lancia E. Smith and used with her glad permission for Cultivating.
Lancia E. Smith is an author, photographer, teacher, and publisher. A grateful lover of the Triune God, Lancia is the Founder & Publisher of Cultivating and the Executive Director of The Cultivating Project. With 41 years of sobriety now, she is living out the long walk of recovery from alcohol addiction, depression, and trauma. Lancia’s central passion and calling is discipleship, especially for those gifted with creative inclinations. She has been honoured to serve in executive management, church leadership, school boards, and Art & Faith organizations over 35 years.
Now empty nesters, Lancia & her husband Peter make their home in the Black Forest of Colorado, keeping company with 200 Ponderosa Pine trees, a herd of mule deer, an ever expanding library, and two beautiful cats named Meeka and Misha. Lancia loves land reclamation, website and print design, beautiful typography, road trips, being read aloud to by Peter, & cherishes every book she ever read by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald. She lives with daily wonder of the mercies of the Triune God and constant gratitude for the beloved company of Cultivators.
I love your use of the word/concept of washing. It visually signifies cleansing, strength, fullness, unstoppable force.
Thank you! ❤️
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