Isn’t it obvious that most Christians shy away from the cross? Why would that not happen when embracing Good Friday is literally like embracing torture? Which one of us would sincerely say they love the idea of being tortured? Ha! The very sound of it sends cold shivers down the spine with crippling effects.
Who would see trouble/death and run straight into it? Even the insane at that point would gain sanity just to think through. But Jesus did the insane! And for our sake! So yes, there is a great need for Christians to embrace Good Friday. Seeing it not just as a day to remember the crucifixion of Christ, but a period to seriously reflect as to whether the purpose of this sacrifice has been achieved or still on course. What our contribution has been, in expanding the kingdom even as we have been made citizens by what He did on the cross. And also ensuring that this sacrifice is not just something we wait on once every year, like some ritual but live our lives every single day to reflect the good deed done on the cross.
The very idea of Good Friday causes us concern. The problem is that both His power and wisdom led Him to the Cross, a brutal denial of everything He had done before.
Those who had seen His power wondered why He seemed powerless at His greatest need. Those who saw His intelligence wondered how someone so smart could miscalculate so badly.
Both sides missed what Jesus and His Father were actually saying that: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies, it produces many” (John 12:24). It was not just His words; the very life of Jesus is a parable!
Religious-minded people want miracles and power. Intellectually minded people want wisdom and truth, but What God offers us all is first the Cross. The earliest believers called the Cross “the wisdom of God and power of God” (I Corinthians 1:23-24).
People prefer not to dwell on the truth that both His power and wisdom led Him to the Cross. Because they see it as a stumbling block forgetting that Without this darkness, there is no hope or promise of the dawning of a new and bright day.
We want to embrace the resurrection, but Jesus calls us to the Cross, too. Yes, it is Friday, but Sunday’s coming! Friday Is definitely the road to Sunday and a good goad
There is no Easter without Good Friday, there is no resurrection without the cross. Easter is indeed about the empty tomb. But first, it’s about the Cross.
Reflect on these words. Blessings.