On Good Friday we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ.
Wait, you call that GOOD Friday? Sounds more like Mourning Friday..
Yea, so it’s good. Let me explain.
Jesus’ death was a part of the mystery of God’s plan of salvation for us. All of the people who had participated in covenant relationships with God had fallen short of their promises, and the only way to atone for all of these offenses against God (sins) was for God Himself to atone for them with His own blood. In the book of Acts, in his speech at Pentecost, St. Peter said that Jesus was “delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God.” This was no accident. As St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” And this redemptive sacrifice wasn’t just for the elect, for the Jews, or for any particular segment of people: it was for everyone! Jesus said Himself in the Gospel of Matthew that “it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Another key point: Jesus wasn’t forced into this. He freely gave it, as He said in the Gospel of John: “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”
So why is it good? Because without Jesus’ horrible death on the cross, we wouldn’t be able to be reconciled to God. Because Jesus showed us all how much He loves us. He would have went through it all for just one of us.. isn’t that beautiful! And this isn’t just any other person we’re talking about here, we’re talking about GOD! Wow! How lucky and special we are, for GOD Himself to care so much for every one of us!
Personally, the reality of Jesus’ passion is really moving to think about. Jesus had friends, He had a mother and a father, He was a person just like you and me. But He was also God and had a mission, probably the hardest mission ever. And He was man enough to go through with it, even though He knew what was coming. Even when I have something as simple as a shot from the doctor, I’d rather not know when it’s coming in to poke me. Well, extrapolate that to scourging at the pillar, carrying the cross and being spit on, and then having a “crown” of thorns beaten onto your head, three nails holding you to a wooden cross, and then a spear thrust into your side just to make sure that you’re dead. And He knew what was coming around every corner. The man in me is cowering in fear. That took balls. Thank you Jesus.
Only in Jesus can our sins be forgiven. With this in mind, consider praying the Divine Mercy Novena for the next 9 days with me. Find out more on what this Divine Mercy stuff is here. What a great way to ask for forgiveness and thank God for His great mercy!
“Eternal Father, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is love and mercy itself.”