Had it just been another social injustice where just another man among many was cruelly put to death by just another unjust government, that would be bad enough. But since it is the Son Of God, who in perfect divine love gave his life for the entire world by becoming sin, bearing every pain mentally, physically, and spiritually, of every human being that had every lived and will ever live, it is THE Holocaust of unimaginable proportion and horror. So why do they call it Good Friday?
It is good because it is the ultimate expression of God’s love toward God’s creation. All those who feel worthless, unwanted, unloved have a demonstration not only in time-space history, but also by revelation when it comes to them, that God is for them, and for us all without condition. If you really sit down and think about all of the crimes against humanity by people who will use any ideology they can, both religious and secular to rule the world, nothing even comes close to what happened to Jesus Christ if indeed he is who he said he was. Nothing is even in the same ball park.
The word Holocaust in the dictionary means a great or complete reckless destruction and devastation of life. It means a sacrifice, a burnt offering consumed by fire. In the New Testament, Jesus talked about a baptism of fire that he would have to endure. For many years I thought that he dreaded it. However, the more I understand of God’s love personally, the more I see that he could not wait to pour out his heart of divine fire–love to the human race in sacrificial form. Hence — the word good. But what a paradox! No wonder the ancient Greek Philosophers called the good news of Christ madness. But there is that word good again. Good Friday. Good News. The slate has been swept clean. So what are we to think of Jesus Christ? Maybe that is the wrong question. Maybe the question is: what is Jesus Christ to think of us? Answer: He loves us.
Jesus on Cross
Metro East on Apr 1, 2013
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots (Luke 23:34).
And They Crucified Him – Art Katz
setapartlife on Aug 29, 2009
Art Katz states that we have not only missed the cross in today’s culture, we have also missed the power of the resurrection. As a result we are living fleshly, sensual, and devilish lives rather than the triumphant-victorious life we have in Christ. This message is an appeal to turn back to Jesus as He actually is.
From the archives:
For Good Friday (Bono: Who is Jesus?)