Good Friday

I always thought the name was strange. The day that God in the Flesh was murdered by the people He created is...good?

Here in Guatemala most of the celebrations end today. There are these incredible processions with intricate carpets made with sawdust. They make them on the street and the processions walk over them. We'll go to one today here in Xela. It's amazing.

But Friday and Saturday have always been a little dark for me. I meditate on the reality of the death of Jesus and it is never a happy thing. I try on Saturday to put myself in the shoes of the disciples. The Bible doesn't tell us much about what happened on Saturday. Luke simply states,

"The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment." 23:55-6

But today is the day when my Savior died. Today is the day when God in the Flesh gave up His life and uttered, "It is finished". Today is the day when my Lord and best friend whom I love looked to the people murdering Him and said, "Forgive them, Father, for they know what they do."

And why could He say that? How could they not know they were murdering? Ah, but they were not killing a mere man. They were killing the Christ, the Messiah, the One they had awaited. They were killing the one who created them. They were killing the One by whose death they would be freed from their sins. That, they did not know.

And yet as Jesus spoke to the thieves and bled and hurt and suffered, He spoke grace to those for whom He was dying. And make no mistake about it - He was hurting. He was suffering. And He was dying.

And it was good.

Romans 3
21But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Today is that day when "God displayed publicly" the gift of our justification, our atonement and propitiation. Thank you, oh Just One, my justifier, for this Good Friday.