Holy Week: Good Friday

 

 

There was nothing “good” about that Friday.  Jesus’ disciples had fled the scene.  His people had turned on him.  His mother knelt at this feet, watching her baby suffer.  He was dying under the assumption that he had done something wrong, when in reality he had done everything right.  Jesus teaches that we will suffer for doing right.  When we live in a sinful world, we can expect selfishness to reign supreme.  Jesus was out for good, but not his own good.  Jesus was out for the good of others.

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I took this picture at the farm of one of my best buds, Aaron Hill. When I saw these thorns, I couldn’t think of anything else but them being wrapped and warped into a crown similar to what Christ was tortured with. It was a sacred but sad moment.

Jesus taught his disciples in John 13 to love one another, that people would know that they were his disciples if they did that.  Paul says in Philippians 2.3-5,

3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,…”

The interest of others, or their good.  This is why he died—for your good.  But know that there is nothing good awaiting those who try to leave this world without the cross.  The cross is the bridge to a life with God.  Yes, it is a way of suffering often times, but through suffering comes relief and with relief comes peace.  Jesus offers peace but peace always comes with a cost.  Although God’s give of eternal life is “free” it isn’t “cheap.”  Jesus gave up everything for your salvation, to make you right with God.  Our response is join Jesus in his suffering, which really, is joining him in his peace.  That is the goal.  Suffering is only a means of reaching peace.

For his anger is but for a moment;
    his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning. -Psalm 30.5

May it be so, O Lord.

 

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