The focus of Jesus’ horrific death on Good Friday certainly results in many ‘feeling bad’ about what happened. Maybe it should be called BAD FRIDAY?
Good Friday Guilt
A lot of “it’s my fault” or “mea culpa” happens on Good Friday.
Does God find pleasure in our ‘mea culpa’?
Even as Good Friday elicits major guilt and condemnation from believers, it is also leveraged to make ‘unbelievers’ feel really bad, with hopes they will finally believe in Jesus. What a way to come into the kingdom – through guilt, fear, and sorrow.
Is that how God wants us to feel? Is that how God wants unbelievers to ‘get saved’?
Does God want and appreciate our guilt, condemnation, remorse, and regret over Jesus’ crucifixion?
Hmm, I wonder how much God looks forward to the religious Good Friday services that make us feel so bad?
What really happened on Good Friday
- God so loved (take pleasure in, esteemed, wish well to) the world He gave His Son…not to judge the world (Jn 3:16,17)
- When we were weak/ helpless/impotent/ without strength Christ died for us. Realize that scarcely for a righteous man or even a good man would one would die, (Rom 5:6,7)
- God demonstrated His love toward us that while we were still sinners, His Son died for us – much more then we were justified/made righteous, acquitted, approved) by His blood (Rom 5:8,9)
- When we were enemies/hostile/with deep seated hatred, we were reconciled/decisively changed to God on account of His Son’s death (Rom 5:10)
- Much more having been reconciled, we are saved/healed/ preserved/rescued by/inside/within) Jesus’ life (Rom 5:10). Indeed, on top of this, we are rejoicing/boasting/exulting/with head up high in God on account of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:11)
- Since One died for all, all died (2Cor 5:14), therefore we were buried with Him into His death – and just as Christ was raised from the dead, so we also walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4)
- The Father was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting the trespasses against them (2Cor 5:19)
- For the joy set before Him, Jesus endured/remained under/persevered the cross, despising/looking down on/scorning/disregarding the shame/disgrace (Heb 12:2)
- He reconciled both Jew and Gentile to God in one body on account of the cross (Eph 2:16)
- You once thought you were enemies with God, but He reconciled you in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless (Col 1:21,22)
- You were dead in your trespasses, but He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all your trespasses (Col 2:13
- He saved us and called/named/invited us with a holy calling/summons, not according to our works, but according to His purpose and grace – given to us in Christ Jesus before time began (2Tim 1:9)
- By God’s will we have been sanctified on account of the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Heb 10:10)
- This Man after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God (Heb 10:12)
- By one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified/(set apart as holy (Heb 10:14)
- Their sins He remembers no more, thus no longer an offering for sin, and we have boldness to enter His presence by a new and living way that He consecrated for us through His flesh (Heb 10:17-20)
- We draw near in full assurance of faith/divine persuasion – free from an evil conscience and our whole being washed clean/guiltless/innocent (Heb 10:22)
There are many more scriptures, but can you begin to see a pattern here? Please don’t let religious tradition and mind sets blind you from the fullness of truth!
Good Friday is really a GLAD day – reconciliation, peace, sanctification, innocence restored, joy, the end of all sacrifice and works – happened!
Good Friday is not a time to feel guilty, mourn, and regret.
The God Head was rejoicing, because “It is finished.” Humanity/the cosmos is reconciled, healed, rescued, made whole – whether the cosmos knows it or not.
How God proved the reconciliation of all
Ever wonder why Jesus was raised from the dead?
Many might think it makes going to heaven possible or that God will now forgive us of our sins. Think bigger.
Jesus’s resurrection only happened because of our justification/acquittal/ divine approval. (Rom 4:25) Selah
Mind you, this justification has nothing to do with something we have to do. He justified us without our permission or pleading. He even forgave us without our asking for it. Goodness, who is this God?!
So, stop ‘feeling bad’ on Good Friday or any other day! It’s ALL good!
- Religion focuses on God’s wrath being poured out on the cross. But the Word points to a lot of intentional restoration and joy going on. God restored what He started in the first place when He made man in His image and likeness.
- To grasp the power of the Resurrection, you have to grasp the power of Salvation that happened ONCE FOR ALL on the Cross.
- Do not let religious Christianity steal joy on your Good Friday. Enter into this celebration with the lights on and overflowing gladness flooding your heart and mind – even before the Resurrection celebration happens!