Today is Good Friday—Holy Friday—the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, the day we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a dark, dreadful day . . . the day that sinful men tortured an innocent man—truly the only innocent Man who ever lived—until He breathed out His last.
And yet . . . it is a glorious, exultant day, as well! The apostle Paul wrote,
God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Notice what Paul did not say in this verse. He did not say that Christ died for us when we got everything right. He did not say that Christ died for us when we got cleaned up. Nor did he say that Christ died for us when we were worthy of His sacrifice. He did not say that Christ died for us when we had earned His love. Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, recorded that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
Have you ever wondered why that terrible day when Jesus was crucified is referred to as “good”? To be sure, there was nothing good in what the religious leaders, the Roman authorities, and the wicked unbelievers did to Jesus. The betrayal of Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane was not good. The false accusations made against our Lord were not good. Peter denying three times that he knew Jesus was not good. The scourging, the crown of thorns, and the nine-inch nails were not good. The Prince of Peace hanging on a cross, shivering in agony, laboring for every breath, was not good. However, the results rooted in all of this “bad” were good—unbelievably good—because what Jesus did throughout this monumental weekend paved the way for our salvation.
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
(1 Peter 3:18)
Now, inasmuch as the Bible does not command us to remember the day Jesus was crucified every year, it does command us to remember Christ’s death by participating in the Lord’s Supper. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11, “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
The question I must ask you now is this: Is today Good Friday for you? Have you placed your trust—by grace through faith— in the atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on your behalf? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 that all that Jesus did from Good Friday to Easter morning is “of first importance.”
Is this weekend of first importance to you? If not, I echo Paul by imploring you, on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!