Growing up I would often wonder, what is so good about Good Friday? It is the day that my Lord was brutally murdered on the cross. What is “good” about that? I would wonder.
However, after growing in understanding, I have come to realize that this has to be one of the greatest understatements of all-time. A “good” Friday is one in which Kaley & I get to go to the park together and walk Bella. A “good” Friday is one in which we get out of school or work.
However, calling the day that Jesus bore the weight of sin so that I & other sinners just like me might justly stand before a righteous God is unspeakably more than “good”. With my limited vocabulary, it is unfathomable. The best I can come up with is that it should be called, really really ridiculously awesome good Friday, but of course, that would not fit on anyone’s calendar.
Who Are You in the Passion Story?
Are you Peter, passionate and a leader, but sometimes find yourself being a coward when it matters most and needing forgiveness,Are you Thomas, you want to believe, but you are skeptical, if only you could place your hands on His scars too, then you would believe.Are you Judas, you feel the weight of what you fill like is an insurmountable mistake and are looking for any kind of relief from your pain,Or are you the Pharisees, who on the outside look like they have it all together, but on the inside are corrupt and have murderous intentions,
Or maybe some of you feel like you are Jesus, not that you think you are God, but that you know what it feels like to be accused of a crime that you did not commit,Or do you find yourself resonating with Simon Cyrene, always carrying other peoples burdens,Or are you Pilate, you want to do the right things in your life, but those around you are crying out for you to do the wrong thing, and you fear what they might do to you if you do the right thing?Well, I will tell you exactly who God wants you to resonate with in this story. We get his story two chapters back in chapter 18 starting in verse 38.Pilate went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.God tells us that we all are Barabbas. Here we see that Barabbas was a robber, but in the other Gospels, we also see that he was a murder.So why would God want you to realize that you are Barabbas in this story?Because compared to God’s Holiness we are worse than Barabbas. Matthew 5:21, tells us that anyone who hates his brother has committed murder in his heart. Therefore, it is safe to say that all of here have committed murder in our hearts.And same holds true to being robbers. We have all taken something that did not belong to us or at least coveted something that we did not have. Therefore, we all are robbers.Too often we get caught up in our own self-righteousness and we like to compare ourselves to others and think we are alright. As long as we are better than someone we feel safe in our eternal security. However, God is not comparing you to others he is comparing you to Himself.That is why he compares you to murder and a robber in this story. But guess what there isgood news. Barabbas was set free, because Jesus took his place.And that is what Good Friday is all about. We deserve death, we deserve Hell, we like Barabbas deserve punishment because we have fallen short of the glory of God. But just like Barabbas we did not do anything to deserve it. But it was a gracious gift given to us.But this gift was not free, it was paid for, Jesus Christ took the punishment full force that we deserved. Now all you have to do is repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord, Savior, and Treasure and you can be set free from your punishment just like how Jesus took Barabbas spot on the cross.