Today is known as Good Friday, the day that we as Christians remember the crucifixion of the son of God. The day Jesus was abandoned. Again. First, in the garden when his friends ran from the scene as a scandalous arrest was made. Again in the courts, as Jesus was unjustly tried, with no support, all alone. Then the lonely walk to Calvary, a spot just outside Jerusalem known as the ‘place of the skull’.
He was humiliated. Rejected. Beaten beyond recognition. Alone.
The wrongdoing of all humanity on one innocent man.
So what’s good about Good Friday?
Author and professor Bruce Ashford answers this way: “Even while powerful men were conspiring to kill the son of God, God himself was acting to save the world from itself, once and for all. Even while the world’s authorities were conspiring to perpetrate history’s greatest evil, God was working to bring about history’s greatest good.”
No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done or what you’re going through, you are not alone. I love Jesus’ final words in the book of Matthew: ‘And surely, I am with you always. Even to the very end of the age’. Jesus is not a stranger to anything we will face. Rejection, abandonment, loneliness, suffering, pain. We have a Savior who can relate to us in every way and then some and He promises He is with us always. What a comfort.
It’s Friday friends, but take heart, Sunday is coming! It’s a day too good not to share. Invite a friend and come celebrate the day that changes everything!
Family Ministries Director