TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday. Today of all days, it’s a day to thank Him for this Good Friday that we celebrate. On this very day, almost two thousand years ago, the Saviour of the world died. On this day, He took all the sins of the world upon Himself. Suffering under the cruel whip, the spiteful insults, and the rugged cross, the most influential and important man that has ever lived, died. His pain was immense, yet He endured it for the good of us all.
Often, famous and important people are remembered for their death. We have Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and anyone who was alive at that time remembers where they were when John F. Kennedy died. The Buddhists keep in remembrance the day that their founder died, and in Canada and across the world, Remembrance Day is celebrated to keep in mind those who laid their lives down in the war. In all these cases, there is the opportunity to have a physical reminder as well. People can go and visit the graves of those they love, and the tombstone forever commemorates their existence.
Praise God that this is not the case with Jesus Christ! Today, we remember the price that Jesus paid on the cross, a price that cost Him His life. However, how sad and unfortunate it would be if that were the end. Our faith would be meaningless, nothing more than a commemoration of a good teacher. But that is not the case! For on the third day, Christ rose from the tomb, victorious over sin and death. Our sins have been annulled, our past forgotten, and our future is with Christ Himself! He is risen from the dead, and He lives forever – not just in our memory, but in existence as the Living Word of God! He is our Saviour, our Lord, and our Advocate before the throne of grace. He is, in essence, our Lawyer – pleading our case before the Judge. Only, instead of a defense case, He has instead paid the price of atonement Himself, in our place. Hallelujah, for Jesus has borne our sin and shame upon Himself and come out victorious!
It is in this attitude that we call this Friday “Good.” If Christ remains dead, then this day is nothing more than another remembrance of someone who died. We remain in our sin, and there is no hope for tomorrow. This Friday would be anything but “good.” But in spite of the pain, in spite of the torture, and in spite of the tremendous suffering Christ faced, He forgave us our every sin, and now reigns at the right hand of God! We cannot comprehend it, His love for us. All we can do is accept it and rejoice in it. And if that isn’t a reason to rejoice, then I don’t know what is. Christ is risen! And because of that, we can have a relationship with the Almighty Creator of the universe, the One who reigns supreme. He is more than we could ever understand, and His love knows no bounds. He found us in our sin, but He lifted us up from it and holds us in His grace.
God is awesome! Can you tell I’m excited? He is matchless and infinite, and despite the fact that He could destroy us with but a word, He instead comes to us and loves us beyond all measure. Get excited, because today isn’t a day of mourning, but one of celebration. We are saved! Christ rescued us, trampled upon sin, and now He continues to give us the strength to live victoriously each and every day. And that’s not all! One day, He will return in glory to claim His own, and we will live with Him for all eternity! Woohoo! It’s something to get excited about. It’s something to thank Him for – the only proper response is to give all we have back to Him. That’s all He asks. When we surrender ourselves over to Him, He pours back into us so much more, that the sacrifice was well worth it. It’s amazing. It’s astounding. It’s overwhelming! So praise God today, because He’s got everything under control! Thank God for His amazing love, love so wide and deep that it surpasses all human reason. Thank Him today, because He gave it all for us!