Healing Power

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday Thoughts

No, these are not good thoughts about Friday - though some may be in order. These are thoughts about today, Good Friday.

Why is it Good? I've pondered over this for many years since I first began to understand the implications of the crucifixion. I remember distinctly asking my mother, "Why do they call it Good Friday? It wasn't good for Jesus; it wasn't good for the disciples. Was it good for the people who crucified Him?"

I could get all penal-substitutionary on you and tell you how it was good for you that He died on the cross for your sins. But that's not really what it's all about. There's so much more to the Gospel than just avoiding Hell.

So, what's Good about today? Watch this video and come back.

See, it's only Friday. Sunday's comin'.

And Sunday's comin' for all of us. Sunday's the day it will all be His. Sunday's going to be here before you know it. All the passion of the cross, all the tears on the Via de la Rosa, all the fear of the disciples hiding in a locked room - it's all going to mean something on Sunday.

What's so good about Friday? The same thing that is good about a cliffhanger movie where the bad guy wins. You know the good guy is comin' back for his final shot. And it's not three years down the road, it's only three days.

What's so good about Friday? Well, I looked it up. It's not. In the Old English, it was called "Gode Friday" which was Old English for "God's Friday". Typical English - they corrupted a word they no longer used into a word they understood. They took the word "Gode" and turned it into a word that sounded like it. Now we have "Good Friday". (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

Thanks for listening. :)

Penal Substitutionary Atonement - the idea that Christ died for your sins in order to appease either an angry God or a very demanding Satan. For more details, click here.


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