I have never really understood what is so good about Good Friday. Knowing what I do about what Jesus endured in order to be our Savior, there is nothing good about His suffering, humiliation, rejection and death upon the cross. Whatever day it was that Jesus was crucified, it was the most horrific day in the history of the world. By the time evil men were finished beating, whipping, mocking and doing everything humanly possible to hurt Jesus, no one could even recognize who He was. As Jesus hung on the cross, His appearance was disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness.
The treatment Jesus received was literally inhuman. Thousands of years of hatred on the part of the devil were unleashed upon Jesus through the torture and punishment leveled upon Him. With every crack of the whip and every punch in the gut or face, the devil laughed at this frail and broken man who was literally being beaten to a pulp. Oh how Almighty God must have wept as He witnessed the abuse and humiliation heaped upon His only begotten Son. Oh how the heart of God must have broken as He had to stand by and allow every brutal act of hatred to be borne by His perfect and beautiful Son.
Ask God if there was anything good about Good Friday. Ask Jesus if there was anything good about Good Friday. Literally, the only good that came from that horrible day was the redemption purchased for us through the suffering and death of our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus was despised and rejected by men and He was indeed a man of sorrows who was familiar with suffering. Jesus took up our infirmities (diseases resulting from Adam's original sin) and carried our sorrows (both physical and mental pain). Jesus was pierced for our transgressions and He was literally crushed for our iniquities. All the punishment Jesus endured brought us peace and by His wounds we have been healed (forgiven).
Through all the torture, oppression, affliction and pain Jesus endured; He remained silent and never cried out that what He was going through was unfair, unjust and undeserved. Jesus never cried out in pain or agony despite having to endure more physical and mental punishment than any man who ever lived. As a sheep is silent before his shearers, so Jesus did not open His mouth to complain of His lot or wish He had never agreed to be the Savior.
God had shown Jesus what was coming and that is why Jesus was in such agony in the Garden the night He was betrayed and apprehended. As a man, Jesus did not want to endure the physical and mental pain He knew was coming; but as the Son of God, Jesus knew He HAD to endure that punishment in order for God to redeem mankind and forever break the curse of Adam. Legally, God had to allow Jesus to be crushed and suffer as He did so as to make His life the guilt offering that allowed Him to redeem us once and forever.
God made Jesus, who had no sin, to be sin (a sin offering) for us, so that in and through Jesus, we might become the very righteousness of God. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. We are justified (acquitted from guilt) freely by God's grace through the redemption that came by and is in Christ Jesus. God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood, with the end result being that grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So, despite being the darkest day in the history of this world, something incredibly good did come from the events that took place on the day Jesus was crucified. May we always remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the eternal life God has given to us through that sacrifice. My heart aches as I try to grasp the reality of what my Savior went through for me; but at the same time, my heart rejoices because it was through all Jesus endured, I am truly alive and can look forward to an eternity with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God my Father who so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that we can live.
After I read your blog, all I could think of was, "This is Love" and these words from the song "Our God Is Love" came to mind:
"This is love
Jesus came and died and gave His life for us
Let our voices rise and sing for all He's done
Our fear is overcome
Our God is love
Our God is love"
"My heart aches as I try to grasp the reality of what my Savior went through for me; but at the same time, my heart rejoices because it was through all Jesus endured, I am truly alive and can look forward to an eternity with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God my Father who so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that we can live."