Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday: What Does it Mean?

Hi Folks,

Divine is going to interrupt her regular programming (man hunting... ahem, proper positioning) to get a little serious with you. Today is Good Friday, a very important day for Christians. I recall as a child that I wondered to myself ... what's so good about this day? They sing songs that make me cry and they talk about Jesus (the Savior) getting nailed to a cross (like that's a good thing). Grownups are screwy!

When they got to the part about the thief asking Jesus to save Himself and them too, I remember thinking, how come the Savior doesn't save Himself? I know He can do it. Why doesn't He?

No matter how many times I asked adults, their answers weren't satisfactory. I heard answers like: Jesus stayed on the cross to save us, or He died so that we could live, or Don't worry, he rose again on the third day. ????

You see, although I thought He, Jesus, was doing a great thing, my anti-violence mindset figured that He, God, could have done it in a less gruesome manner.

It wasn't until I too became an adult and re-read the story of the crucifixion that it became apparent... that it really was a Good thing!

It became apparent that the whole crucifixion and resurrection story is the basis for my faith. For without the cross and the resurrection, there is no hope for you or me. The Bible clearly states that the wages/payment/result/reward (pick your choice) for sin is death. If you examine yourself for five minutes... in those three hundred seconds you would have had cause for death about 200 times ... or maybe that's just me?

Anyway, for those of you who struggle with the thought of the brutality of the crucifixion, think about the fact that it was a choice that was made on our behalf. He chose us, instead of Himself. By His dying in our stead, we can live on and not die prematurely because of our sins, but have umpteen seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries worth of opportunities to get it right.

I know that learning purpose behind the story, helped me understand it. I'm still not crazy about the brutality... but even that had a purpose. 2000 years later... the story of it is still being told. Ergo, it needed to stand out, be apparent that there was more to Jesus the Christ than there was to any man who walked the earth.

I know it worked for me ... so that 2000 years later wearing the name Divine is not a huge joke, a weighty impossibility, but a large possibility because of the inherent DNA of my big brother/Savior/Jesus the Christ.

That being said, here are some links that you might find useful:


Good Friday - Wikipedia
About Good Friday, the friday before Easter or Pascha which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.
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Good Friday - Catholic Encyclopedia
Observed on the Friday before Easter. The day on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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Good Friday Earthquake - Wikipedia
Brief article about the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that hit Prince William Sound in Alaska in March 1964.
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Why is it called Good Friday?
Brief article on the terminology used to describe the day when Christians celebrate the Crucifixion.
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Free Good Friday Ecards, Good Friday Greeting Cards, Good Friday Cards ...
... family/ dear ones on this Good Friday with holy verses and spiritual sayings from... Good Friday is a solemn memorial of the sacrifice of our Savior. ...
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Good Friday -- Encyclopaedia Britannica
From the early days of Christianity, Good Friday was observed as a day of sorrow, ... are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day (first ...
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Good Friday or Dark Friday - Meaning of Good Friday in Persian, Farsi ...
... Friday, Friday before Easter Sunday, What is Good Friday to an Iranian Christian ... Jesus was Crucified on Good Friday and died on the Cross for the Sin of ...
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WFF: Good Friday
Describes the veneration of the cross, the reproaches and the reading of passion, related symbols, and more.
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Good Friday
Put some Fun on your calendar! ... Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. ... holiday is known as "Good" Friday since it commemorates a sorrowful ...
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Long Good Friday DVD At DeepDiscount.com
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1 comment:

Anders Branderud said...

Hello!
You wrote: “ By His dying in our stead, we can live on and not die prematurely because of our sins, but have umpteen seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries worth of opportunities to get it right.”

I want to comment on foregiveness.

(le-havdil) How to live in order to enable the Creator in His loving kindness to provide His forgiveness is outlined in the Bible ; and was also taught by the first century Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth (the Messiah).

Read it here: http://www.netzarim.co.il
Have a nice day!
Anders Branderud