Do you ever wonder where the name “Good” Friday came from? There is no absolute answer, only suppositions. What drew my attention is that just looking at the day from what Jesus went through, it would appear to be anything BUT good.
Today as I contemplate Jesus death on the cross and what looked like the devastating and irreversible end to Him and His ministry, I was reminded of the many times in the Bible where what we see is not what it is.
The Weak are Strong
The Poor Inherit A Throne
Prisoners Are Freed
“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners” Luke 4 : 19
The Humble Are Exalted
The Least Gift Is The Greatest
The Mountains Are Made Low
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”Luke 3 : 4 – 6
To Gain Life You Must Lose It
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8 : 5
Mourning Is Turned To Joy
“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”
Jeremiah 31 : 13
The Lowest Is The Greatest
“Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18 : 4
Expected Yet Unexpected
The arrival of the Messiah was foretold by the Prophets. The Israelites were anticipating the King to come and rescue them.
But Jesus arrival, though expected had the exact opposite entrance of any earthly king before Him.
Jesus was conceived in a virgin, unmarried girl. A pregnant unmarried girl was subject to stoning. What a risk. Why come into the world through what everyone would perceive as a sinner’s entrance. There was a name for a child born out of wedlock.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2 : 7
“Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.” Luke 18 : 31 – 34
Bad Friday Was Good Friday
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
Matthew 27 : 50 – 53
The guards were moved and terrified by what they had witnessed and spoke aloud:
“When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27 : 54
Death Is Victory!
I have always imagined when the realization came to Satan about the death of Jesus actually being a victory for those who believe in Him. I imagined that Satan witnessed the death of Jesus as his own victory, that there was celebration among the fallen angels and demons that their work actually paid off. They had put an end to the Son of God.
What do you think?
Do you think they were so busy celebrating that they didn’t even bother to monitor the tomb where Jesus was put to rest?
When do you think they became aware that this holy sacrifice had been the plan from the very beginning and that Satan entering Judas as we read in Mission Statement was actually a piece in that plan that had been foretold by the prophets?
“Even my close friend,
someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
has turned against me.” Psalm 41 : 9
And in Zechariah 11 he talks of 30 pieces of silver being paid for the good shepherd. Jesus foretold it as well. But Satan may have been too busy scheming and plotting to take note or perhaps he did not understand the meaning of what Jesus and the prophets had said.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” 1 Corinthians 15 : 54 – 56
In Death We Celebrate!
Death is not a time for mourning but a time for celebrating. For every time a sinner that was saved dies, they enter into the eternal life bought for them on the cross. They enter into the heavenly kingdom promised to us with streets of gold. A place that Jesus has prepared for them. There isn’t even night any longer, but the light that shines will shine forever. No longer can any pain touch them, they will never cry another tear.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21 : 4
“The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” Revelation 21 : 21
The Lost Are Found – The Dead Are Alive
Jesus came to save the lost. He came to give all condemned to death, life. He came to change us. He showed us through the healing of the sick and lame that what appears to be one way He can instantly make new again. The example of healing was so we could take into our spirit that spiritual healing from sinner to holy was just as possible if we believed in Him.
“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15 : 32
The Servant Is The King
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2 : 5 – 11
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4 : 18 – 19