Greetings! Happy Good Friday!
This week’s DHD is six comments or references that honor the history and significance of this powerful day, when Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of all mankind, including yours and mine.
1. Four simple summarizing sentences
“Darkness fell. His friends scattered. All hope seemed lost. But Heaven just started counting to three” – Bob Goff
2. Why ‘Good’ Friday?
“The Weekly,” a news source provided by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, reported “the historical origins of the ‘Good’ in Good Friday remain unclear, though some entomologists believe the term ‘good’ is an archaic form of ‘holy.’”
The ERLC also reported 12 American states observe Good Friday as a state holiday including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas and Tennessee.
3. Here’s B.C.’s take
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4. Piper’s perspective
“This is the center of the Gospel. This is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about – that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near” John Piper
5. The irony of Good Friday
“All the great groups that stood about the Cross represent in one way or another the great historical truth of the time; that the world could not save itself… In this story of Good Friday it is the best things in the world that are at their worst. That is what really shows us the world at its worst” G.K. Chesterton
6. The blessing of Good Friday
As far as I know, my friend from college, Buck Burch, came up with this final comment, yet it’s as powerful a truth that I have read in reflection of this day:
“Good Friday exists because none of us are good. Jesus’ death wasn’t a political statement; it was a spiritual payment” Buck Burch
God bless this powerful, somber time, knowing we celebrate His resurrection on Sunday.