Today is Good Friday.
For a long time I often wondered why today is referred to as "good". After all, it does celebrate the day that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.
The death He endured was horrific, the beating He took prior to His crucifixion was painful and the taunts by the crowd were merciless.
Yet this day was still good.
Everyone's Messiah was dead. He was gone. Stopped by the mighty Roman government and the zealous Jewish people. The hope that people had in a man who claimed to have the power to save the world, was gone.
But this day was still good.
You see, if He hadn't endured the cross, the shame and the scorn then you and I wouldn't ever be reconciled with God.
Why? Because we are sinful, flawed humans and God is holy, perfect and blameless. He simply cannot be around unholiness and so our very nature separates us from Him...
...until Good Friday and ultimately, Easter Sunday.
So that horrible crucifixion that Jesus went through was a GOOD thing. He took the blame and punishment for all of our sins upon himself.
And by His stripes we are healed.
Healed of our sickness and sin in the eyes of God.
Good Friday marked what many people thought was the end of a wild ride, however, it was just the beginning of a miraculous victory.
Good Friday, though filled with scenes of pain and hurt, ultimately leads to Easter...
...when we all celebrate that He was NOT dead, but alive.
May Good Friday's true meaning resonate with you today.
NOTE: If you have any questions about this or would like to discuss what it means to be reconciled with God further, please email me. I'd love to talk to you about this. aprilanne147[at]hotmail[dot]com
[This is a repost from 2012, however the message is still very relevant and timely.]