What is good about Good Friday? Why isn’t it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal. – Randy Alcorn
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone “Happy Good Friday”. May you all encounter hope for a better tomorrow on this Good Friday.
The events and purpose of Good Friday provide many lessons we can learn. It seemed like an oxymoron to call this day Good Friday instead of “Bad Friday” considering our savior willingly laid down his life for us in a most brutal and horrific way. Yet, the beauty that lies beyond the sacrifice is undeniably powerful and liberating.
Lesson 1: Hope Can Help Us Get Through Tough Times
On that fateful day of the first Good Friday, Jesus was experiencing various emotional pains: he was betrayed, rejected and denied by his own disciples. Through this all he never lost his hope in God and believed it was worth it to lay down his life for humanity. Jesus also trusted in his father’s love despite what He went through. He still could look up to heaven and say, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
It is an example for us to follow that no matter what darkness or dark places we find ourselves in we should hold on to hope and not doubt the love and care of our heavenly Father.
Lesson 2: The Need Practice Mercy And Forgiveness
One of the most symbolic moments of the crucifixion is the love shown through mercy and forgiveness. Even in the middle of brutal torture and execution, Jesus was forgiving others. We need to learn to forgive each other and overlook minor offenses, to talk about them from a place of love and it let go. We should show the same mercy to others that we receive from God.
Lesson 3: Suffering Is Inevitable In Life
In each of our lives there will be moments of suffering that all of us will have to experience. For example, what is happening right now in the world. Although this type of suffering is beyond our understanding, God is in control and he will see us through like he did for Jesus on Good Friday. Remember that not all sufferings are due to our sins or faults, sometimes life in a fallen world happens and can be unfair.
Lesson 4: Suffering Doesn’t Have To Have The Last Word
It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again. – H. R. L. Sheppard
No matter the amount of suffering or hardship we encounter in life, we can rest assured that suffering does not have the last word. Just as Easter overshadowed the darkness of Good Friday, so joy will come through after or even in the midst of everything. Good Friday is here to remind you that this too shall pass and there is endless joy waiting for you. Let’s not let our faith be shaken during this difficult period.
Thank you for reading and Happy Good Friday!