As I think about Good Friday and what it means, not only to Christians, but to the entire world, I ponder it after the fact. I am in the know because it has already come and gone, its impact felt for generations as millions have put their trust in its work.
In case you are not familiar, GOOD FRIDAY is a religious holiday, observed primarily by Christians, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is a time of devotion, reverance and gratitude for the price that He paid to redeem mankind from their sins.
And although we look back on it as a day that changed history and the hearts of mankind, I would imagine it started out as just another ordinary day. And why wouldn’t it? Because every day starts as just another ordinary day, for the most part. The only thing that changes an ordinary day is the events that take place in it.
For instance, a day is just a day until a birth takes place, then that day becomes a BIRTHDAY. A day is ordinary until a man and woman vow “until death do us part”, then it becomes an ANNIVERSARY. Everyday is like any other, until a Savior is born and then it becomes CHRISTMAS.
Many other ordinary days have become extraordinary because of the events that took place in them and we celebrate them, commemorate them and make holidays out of them. Why? Because the events that take place in them hold significance for us.
Today started out as just another ordinary day but over two thousand years ago it became a day that changed history. This event of God’s Son, hanging on a cross, paying for the sins of the human race, changed everything. And whether you believe it or not, the impact still stands. It cannot be refuted, it is written in history and witnessed by countless men and women who lived to tell about it in the Gospels and the Epistles.
Many throughout history have been transformed as they encountered the broken body of a man who was “God with us”. Mercy incarnate. Love demonstrated. Salvation personified. A man like no other who would ever walk this sod. Who humbly, willingly went to a criminal’s death to pardon a guilty world. Who allowed Himself to be shamed, beaten, and tortured to bring freedom to the prisoners and break the chains of the captive.
Don’t try to figure it out. It is beyond our comrehension. Paul even prayed that it would take power to come to know the height, width, depth and breadth of His love for us. That’s how unlike His love is from anything we humans know or can experience in the earth.
Therefore, in light of this love, what do we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And it started out as just another ordinary day.