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Thought for the Day by Matt Jones (Associate Minister for Music)
uggested reading: John 18:16-18 (and rest of chapter)
How on earth can this Friday be called a ‘good’ Friday?
It’s a question all of us must have encountered. Whether we have asked the question ourselves, or have asked it of others with the intention of explaining why.
Good Sunday makes sense, probably even better to be called The Greatest Sunday of all time!
But for the events of the Friday; the arrest and sham trial of Jesus in the early hours of the morning, his scourging and flogging by Roman soldiers, the utter humiliation as his own people bay for his blood and for a murderer to go free, the dragging of the cross to Calvary, the pain of watching a disfigured man nailed to the cross, and the suffering he exerted in the hours till his death.
‘Sad Friday’ would probably make more sense to us. ‘The Saddest Friday of all time’
But the truth is, as most of you know, that this is day is called ‘Good’ because of what happened on the cross. Upon the cross Jesus bore all of our sin, all of our failings, all of the brokenness that separates God from man. His death has bought you life!
That’s why it’s a Good Friday, because actually before that Friday every single day was ‘The Saddest day of all time’ because we were dead in our sins, lost for eternity.
So this is a day for rejoicing. This is a day to experience the Peace that God offers. This is a day for wondrous reflection, marvelling at what Christ did for you.
And it gets better. Stay tuned for Sunday….
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