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A Good Friday

James Grayston

It’s Good Friday but what is it about today in particular that makes it good? We all know that it is a Friday which is good and that it’s a public holiday which makes it better but what is it about this Friday in particular? Why is it that there are so many church events and services on this weekend? It’s not Christmas after all!  This is Easter. A time for easter eggs, hot cross buns and family outings. What has church got to do with it?

Chances are that you already know what I’m going to say. There are, after all, three other blog entries on this page alone telling you about easter, and it’s not as if it’s something you’ll never have been taught before. Most of us will have learnt about Easter every year at school growing up.

We’ve heard this week about what Easter means to some of the members in our church. These thoughts will be shared universally with most Christians in the world, including myself. Today I’d like to ask you, What does Easter mean to you?

This Good Friday I’d like you to think of the first Good Friday. Approximately 1980 years ago, when a man called Jesus of Nazareth was betrayed by one of his closest friends. He was then subjected to a mock trial, flogged and put to death by crucifixion. This wasn’t as a punishment for something that he had done, in fact, the man in charge of his trial said that he had done nothing wrong. He was killed because the people he loved rejected him and wanted him dead. However his life was not wasted in a meaningless death, his death was for the sins of the world. God punished him for what we have done. For what you have done. For what I have done.

So is this really a ‘Good Friday’? On the face of it, not really. This is the day we remember that a man was killed for something that he didn’t do by the people that he came to help. However on the flip side, This is the day we remember the moment when God provided all of mankind a way to be with him. We could never do it on our own. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God but God provided a way for us to be with him. All we have to do is believe, accept that we don’t reach his standard and ask for forgiveness.

This is a good Friday for me because my debt has been paid. Has yours?