Friday, April 10, 2020

What's so Good about Good Friday?

When they take the Son of God and put Him to death, why is that considered good?

Because when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment due us for our rebellion against God.

It was good for us. Was it good for Him?

When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they did not believe Him.

Until He did it.

The Bible says, "… who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 2:2).

So if Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was His net gain?

We were the joy set before Him.

We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among other examples).
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan, He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was accursed (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.

Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.

As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse of Psalm 22.

This is called a "Remez". It's a teaching tool Jesus had used for 3 years.

When they hear this verse, they remember the rest of the Psalm.
The Pharisees had asked Jesus for a sign.
He said that they would have it when the Son of Man was lifted up.
(Remember that joke, "Here's your sign."?)
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
Here was their sign.

The ramifications are huge.

Do you get it?

These people did:


  1. Ed, if you knew how many times I've thought of this exact blog post over the last few years (I forget when you originally posted this) you'd be impressed. It makes so much sense. Every time I listened to someone I thought was getting it wrong, I'd think,(seriously) "that's not what Ed taught me." Jesus said he did not come to abolish, but to fulfill prophecy. Good Friday to you.

    1. Thank you so much for those kind words, my friend.
      I've since learned that many prominent teachers have come to the same conclusion.

    2. Ed, Thank you kindly for this excellent explanation. The prevailing teaching on this subject always left me uncomfortable, as though something was missing. Your analysis is spot on and sheds perfect light on this important passage. Once again my humble thanks. Al

    3. I just found this:
      and added it to the post.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jess.
      All the thanks I need. :)

  3. Thanks, Ed...Happy Easter and may these challenges make our faith even stronger.

  4. Wow, Ed. Well done.That was beautifully put in our language for all to understand. May others passing by that don't know Christ as their LORD take this moment to give their hearts to Him to be saved for all eternity. [John 3:16]
    And Good Friday to you and yours.
    Your Sister In Christ.

    1. Thanks Sparky!
      Good Friday to you and Mr. Sparky!

  5. Ed,
    An excellent lesson and one which explains some of the "mysteries" about this day and our Lord's life.

    We were the joy set before Him.

    What a beautiful thing, huh?

    1. It's almost hard to believe that He sees something in us we can't imagine.
      Something beautiful.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Happy Easter Ed.....and to your readers.