So it’s “GOOD” Friday

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Today is GOOD Friday.  As i stopped to meditate on the events surrounding this celebration i realized that alot could and should be said about this particular day.  Let’s admit it friends the world really does not get this “holiday.” 

 Many think it is crazy enough that we Christians actually believe in the historical nature of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross (let alone his resurrection).  Much could be said by way of apologetics here…

But beyond these things let’s be honest and admit that it’s still a little strange that we call this particular day “GOOD”.  What’s so good about our Messiah, the sinless Lamb of God, being brutally murdered by Jew and Gentile sinner alike?  Have we lost our minds?

 You see we really can’t even talk about this day without bringing in Biblical theology.  This particular Friday is GOOD because on this day many thousand years ago the second Adam died vicariously in our place (Rom 5); He bore the wrath of God that we deserve (1 John 2:2); He endured the shame that we deserve (Phil. 2); He accomplished something we could never accomplish (2 Cor 5:21), etc, etc.

 Beyond all these amazing realities is the essential connection between Good Friday and Easter.  This Friday is now celebrated as GOOD Friday because of what happened on Sunday!  Jesus conquered Sin, Satan, and death itself (1 Cor 15) when he rose again.  God showed his complete satisfaction in the substitutionary death of Christ by raising him up on the third day according to the Scriptures.

 In my estimation we can not forgot this connection.  One of the primary reasons why good Friday is so GOOD is because of “Easter” Sunday.  One of the reasons why the resurrection of Jesus is way more significant than all the previous resurrections is because of what happened on GOOD Friday!

 Brothers i pled with you to preach the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified tonight!  Stir the souls of your congregation to worship the Lamb who is worthy and pray for genuine revival in the hearts of those unbelievers who will no doubt attend your Friday and Sunday services. 

 Just don’t forget that one of the main reasons why today is GOOD is because of what happened on Sunday. 

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,

Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

 

Up from the grave He arose;

With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

He arose a victor from the dark domain,

And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.

 

He arose! He arose!  Hallelujah!  Christ arose!

 
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5 responses to this post.

  1. This meditation is posted in honor of Mike Gardiner. Mike is currently in the hospital recovering from a major car accident. One of the things that always encouraged me about Mike (from our time in seminary) was his passion for the glory and the supremacy of Jesus Christ! Mike is a guy in the mold of Edwards and Piper. He understands what this life is all about. Join us in praying for Mike and his wife Amy this morning!

    From TMS…
    “I wanted to share a prayer request from Carson Bible Church. Mike (Senior Pastor of Carson Bible Church) and his wife Amy were in a serious car accident last night.

    Mike is in critical condition and not doing too well. I am not too sure about all of the details, but he went into full cardiac arrest last night and the doctors are not sure how long he went without oxygen. Right now the doctors are trying to stabilize him. He is responding to some things but they are not sure if he is slipping in and out of a coma.

    **Update** (from both Elizabeth Baldwin and Gabe Lopez): Amy has been told about Mike’s condition. Keep her in prayer. Mike has brain damage. The doctors are drilling a hole in his skull to relieve pressure.”

  2. Mike is now with His Lord.

    Pray for his wife Amy who did survive the accident.

  3. Praying for you and for Mike’s family during this time.

    Yes, it was a good Friday. For it was the fulfillment of prophecy and the beginning of eternal life for all who believe. This morning my pastor preached from 1Corinthinans 15:14-21. That many say they believe in Christ is a good thing, but they must believe in the resurrection of Christ in order to experience the new birth.

  4. Carla,

    Thank you for praying for Mike’s family. Your comments on our resurrection hope were true and encouraging.

    Grace,

    CK

  5. At approximately 10:30 pm on April 5th, the neurosurgeon came into Pastor Mike’s room at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and took some readings. He didn’t like what he saw (since the last CT scan and evaluation) so he ordered another CT scan immediately. While they were prepping Mike for the transport downstairs, Amy was able to arrive from the USC Medical Center and spend about 30 minutes with him before he left. This was a blessing as it took around 2 hours to get that transfer to go through to Huntington. After the CT scan the Trauma Surgeon had a meeting with all of the family to inform us of where things stood with Mike and his condition. He told us that the swelling in Mike’s brain has continued to get worse and made no signs of lessening and that the result of this swelling would lead to another cardiac arrest. It was very apparent to them that Mike’s condition would not improve, but worsen as time went on. Further confirmation was that he was showing no brain activity and after another diagnosis by a separate surgeon he was considered brain dead. Following this devastating report Amy was left with two very hard decisions: 1) Whether or not to go with the doctor’s recommendation to approve a Do Not Resuscitate order for when cardiac arrest did happen, and 2) Whether or not to allow the hospital to harvest his organs in order to help others survive. Those decisions finalized the fact that Mike would not recover and forced us to deal with this incredible loss. After much weeping and comforting, Amy came to the very tough decision to go through with the doctors’ recommendations. We were then able to spend the next couple of hours saying our goodbyes to Pastor Mike before leaving with Amy to her new room upstairs.

    We believe that Pastor Mike is now enjoying full joy and glory in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he has longed to be with since the moment God rescued him from his sin. This is a difficult day for us all but one which we must also rejoice in as Mike is now with the One he loved more than life. In the end, Pastor Mike lived out what he preached: “according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21).

    Please keep the family in prayer as they walk through this very difficult and sad time.

    Check out Carson Bible Churches home page for more information.

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