John 19:41, At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.
1 Peter 3:18, For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Tomorrow is Good Friday! For those who are familiar with the events of Good Friday, it almost seems like a contradiction in terms because when we look at what happened to Jesus: His betrayal, trials, beating, the crown of thorns, and being nailed to the cross, there just was not much that was good about that Friday of Jesus’ life. Good Friday is referred to as Good Friday not because the events of the day were good but because of the results of all the bad that took place on that day were good.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Now that was good. Peter added in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous…” That was good! Good Friday was called Good Friday because the result of all the bad that happened to Christ that day was good. We received our forgiveness! If you would like to join us tomorrow night at Cottonwood Creek Church for our Good Friday service, it starts at 7:00p.
Think about it, and I hope to see you in church on Easter Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D