What’s Good About Good Friday?

“Excuse me,” my Post Office delivery lady said, “But why do they call it “Good Friday?” She explained her fellow postal workers had discussed the matter but couldn’t come up with the answer. Maybe she asked me because I received Christianity Today regularly. I decided not to engage in extraneous matters, and said, “Because Christ died for our sin.” “Oh,” she said, nodded understandingly, then drove off.

It seems such a simple question, but people today, especially in the state where I live, miss out on basic information, specially about Christianity. Many deliberately avoid the Christian message; some oppose it  The vacuum quickly fills with secularism and with   values of other religions.

Through calling today Good Friday, through special worship services, and, where appropriate, through sharing basic information, we remember Christ died for our sins. In Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, the author appears in only one scene. Do you recall seeing Jesus, laid out on the cross, when the Roman Centurion strikes the spike through Jesus’ palm?

“That was my hand,” Mel said, “driving the spike.”

Although our fist also drove the spike, Jesus nevertheless bore our sin. That makes this Friday Good.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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