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Considering Good Friday

Today my calendar is stamped with the words “Good Friday.” What a strange way to commemorate this date. At least that’s how it seems at first.

If 2017 were the year of the very first Easter, today would not have been a good day at all. There aren’t words in the English language graphic enough to describe it. These feel like the tiniest tip of the iceberg:

Unfair.
Horrific.
Gut-wrenching.
Devastating.
Hopeless . . .

Today marks the day that Jesus died. Our hearts want to stop there. We don’t want to think any deeper about what Jesus endured for our sakes, but we must avoid the temptation to look away. For a moment, let’s peel our eyes away from all that is going on in our world and superglue them to what happened in His world that day.

They kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!”. . . But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted (Luke 23:21, 23–24).

Unfair.

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands (John 19:1–3).

Horrific.

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left (Luke 23:32–33).

Gut-wrenching.

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last (Luke 23:44–46).

Devastating.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb (Matt. 27:57–60).

Hopeless.

If that was how this story ended, there would be nothing good about today. Take every sad movie ending and multiply it times infinity. Take every “happily ever after” and turn it inside out. It’s impossible to fathom the sorrow that our world would be wrapped in if that tomb had stayed sealed.

It’s impossible to fathom the sorrow that our world would be wrapped in if that tomb had stayed sealed.

But today is Good Friday. What happened on the day Jesus died was very good indeed. The day of Christ’s crucifixion was the worst day in human history. We want to skip the suffering and the gore and get right to Easter morning, but there could be no Easter morning without Christ’s sacrifice.

Without His death, we could never know new life.
Without His suffering, we could never be freed from ours.
Without His time in a dark tomb, we could never spend a millisecond in the light.

His death cracked history in two so that we could be made whole. Making Good Friday the best/worst day in history.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:1–7).

Without His time in a dark tomb, we could never spend a millisecond in the light.

Jesus was indeed placed in a borrowed tomb on Good Friday, our tomb. We were dead in our sins with no way out. The beatings, the crown of thorns, the nail-pierced hands, the cross. . . all of it. It’s the punishment we deserve for chronically disobeying the God who made us. But Jesus took our place. He hung on our cross. He was buried in our tomb so that we would not have to be.

That is the best news that’s ever been told!

Take some time to park in the details of Good Friday today. You can:

  • Go for a walk, and consider all that Jesus did for you.
  • Write a poem or song expressing your gratitude for His sacrifice.
  • Read through the crucifixion story in the Gospels. Here are the verses for easy access:

I’d love to hear how you focus on the good work Christ accomplished for you on the cross. Tell me about it in a comment below.

About Author

Erin Davis

Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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  • I am always overwhelmed with love and thankfulness when this day comes. I can’t wait for it to come during the Holy Week. This morning I read through the crucifixion and story of Good Friday…I mulled over it, and found peace in knowing that my Lord loved me then even as he hung on the cross and died. Such love you’ll find nowhere else!

  • I have been finding myself unable to obey what God has been telling me. Every time I’m out in public I’m always scared he’s going to ask me to witness to someone. I’m scared because I don’t want to fail him, and I know I probably will. What should I do?

    • Guitar Girl

      I’ve struggled with that feeling too. A key point is: Be prepared. Think of how you could share the gospel with someone. Look at times in the Bible when people witnessed. And don’t freak out about it. 🙂 There’s a verse in the Bible that says not to be worried about what you have to say because the Holy Spirit will give you the words when you need them! Of course that isn’t saying that you can just not study for it. The Holy Spirit won’t give you entirely new information. It has to be already in your mind.

      I hope this helps!

    • GRR

      I can’t give you very much advice, as I often go through the same thing but the Bible says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
      Romans 5:5
      “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

      Don’t give into your fear of telling others about God’s words. Pray and ask the Lord to give you strength, and believe He will, because His words says He will
      Isaiah 40:28-31

      “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

      • Thank you for the advice. I’m very grateful to have this community, every bit helps!

  • GRR

    Dear Erin,
    Thank you for this blog post. It really touched my heart.
    I am a pretty new Christian. I got saved back in January. I have been struggling since then with really bad doubts, and at this point, I’m scared I’m not saved, because I’m scared I didn’t believe in Jesus.
    I also have a really hard time not getting distracted by the world. I know I should read my Bible, but I only read a few verses to ease my conscience and then I go about my day being afraid and doubting Jesus. How do I resist the temptation to roll back over and go to sleep when my alarm clock goes off? And how do I resist my fear and begin to truly trust God?

    Recently my doubts have been whether or not God exists, and how can a saved person think such wicked thoughts?
    I guess my question is, how do I let go and trust God? I pray and ask the Heavenly Father to help me to trust Him, and I tell Him that I trust Him, but then I end up getting afraid or distracted by something else. If you have any advice for me, I would really appreciate it 🙂
    Also, I know you guys probably have a lot of themes for the next few month’s posts, but would you consider doing a series on doubts and trusting Jesus?

    Thank you so much for what you guys are doing. I really appreciate it.

    • Sarah, with Revive Our Hearts

      GRR…we are so glad to see your post. I’m responding on Erin’s behalf. It is often true that your “doubts” and being “scared” you aren’t saved are an indication that you are. People that aren’t Christians don’t usually care if they are saved or worry about it. But you can remedy those concerns today, GRR. You can stop today, and bow your knees before God and talk to Him about your salvation. Tell Him that you don’t know for sure that you believed in Jesus and accepted Him into your life, so you want to do that now. Then tell God that you know that you have sinned, and you want Jesus’ death on the cross to be the payment for YOUR sins, not just everyone else’s. Ask God to forgive you and invite Jesus into your life, your heart. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'” (Rom. 10:9-11) Coming to Christ, accepting Him, is not dependent on what “you do”, but where your faith is. “For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.” (Rom. 10:3) Tell God you choose to follow Jesus from this day forward. Then, get up from your knees and choose to believe each day that stretches out before you, and follow Him. Be at rest in HIm.

      You do want to grow in Christ. So, look for some ways to aid in that process. Do you have a youth pastor or his wife where you could go to ask questions, get a devotional guide to help you get in the Bible each day? Do you have access to a Bible reading app where you can listen to a couple of verses each day as you get ready for the day? Is there a youth group around you where you can find encouragement in growing in the faith? Be proactive in looking for ways to grow.

      I am praying for you this morning, GRR. Settle your commitment to Jesus today by talking with God, and then accept His forgiveness for your sin and desire to walk with you each day. It is a wonderful life following Jesus…not always easy, but a wonderful journey. I pray that for you!