Today is known as GOOD Friday in Christendom.
Today we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, on Calvary, or Golgotha in the Hebrew tongue, meaning the place of the skull. John 19:17.
On this day, Christ’s last day on earth before His voluntary sacrifice for the sins of the world, Our Lord and Savior was falsely condemned, spit upon, whipped, ridiculed, mocked with a crown of thorns, labeled as the King of the Jews, rejected by His own who proclaimed, “. . . We have no king but Caesar.” John 19:15.
Forced to carry our cross, for our sins, He willingly and obediently, despite the shame and humiliation, went to His death without objection, retribution or contempt for His accusers. So, a reasonable question arises that reveals the logic of ‘what is GOOD about Good Friday?’
Consider what the Apostle Paul said:
” And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the DEMONSTRATION of the Spirit and of POWER.” 1 Corinthians 2:4
Early in my pilgrimage, I was acquainted with believers who often believed God’s POWER was in miracles, not confirmed by the miraculous. So, troubled in my spirit about this belief, I went to the Scripture to find what they testify to about what POWER IS, rather than does. What the Scriptures testify to (KJV-NS) are three simple witnesses.
” For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL of Christ; for it IS the POWER of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16.
The Gospel can be summed up in this:
Man is doomed to righteous judgment for his sins, and cannot atone for the consequence of his way. Yet, before we loved Christ Jesus, He loved us, willingly died a horrible death for us, paying a debt He did not owe, for a debt we could satisfy. He suffered, died, was buried, then rose again unto Resurrected Life, so that all who confess him, turn and repent of their sins, and place their faith and trust in His finished work of the Cross may have ETERNAL LIFE.
The second Scriptural witness of what POWER IS, is:
“For the PREACHING OF THE CROSS is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the POWER of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.
What worldly foolishness!
The last Scriptural witness of what POWER IS, is;
“But unto them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST the POWER of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:24, 25.
What DIVINE WISDOM, the POWER OF GOD!
We are warned that in these last days “perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1b.
And later on in that same chapter, the Scripture gives this witness;
“Having a form of godliness; but denying the POWER of it; from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5.
Today, we reverentially commemorate GOOD Friday. Let us also remember, reflect and return to the POWER of God as this Day recalls the demonstration of “the SPIRIT and POWER of God” in Christ Jesus, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelations 13:8.
“Who, being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding ALL things by the WORD of HIS POWER, when he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3.
Amen, and Amen.