For those who don’t know Christ, the celebration of Good Friday seems a little crazy. After all, who celebrates the beating and execution of their spiritual leader? It doesn’t make sense.
For those of us who know Jesus Christ personally, the celebration makes perfect sense. Jesus had all of the power of God. He could have stopped things at any time. He willingly submitted to that brutal beating. He willingly allowed himself to be executed in a painful and humiliating way.
The beating left him unrecognizable. The soldiers and bystanders mocked and ridiculed him. Death on the cross was a long, drawn-out, painful thing. He willingly submitted to it all. You see, that’s what I deserve. My sin has earned me that death. He went through all of that because He loves me too much to let me go through it.
Good Friday is not the celebration of Christ’s death. It’s the celebration of His great love for me, for us. It’s a time of remembering just how much He chose to go through for me. The celebration is solemn because of the subject. But, under the tears is a joy that’s indescribable.
Of course, the other reason we celebrate Good Friday is that we know it’s not where the story ends. When Christ arose from the grave He conquered death for us, too. Our celebration today is but a precursor to Sunday’s celebration.
If you are a brother or sister in Christ, I celebrate this day with you. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I encourage you to seek Him. In reality, it’s simple. You just need to admit that you need a Savior, ask for His forgiveness, and accept His gift of salvation. I’d be glad to answer any questions you might have or point you toward someone more knowledgeable.