Today is Good Friday. I think that name stinks. I know, without “Good” Friday there cannot be Easter and that’s why it is “Good” Friday, but I just can’t get over it. The last few months I’ve been teaching through the book of Luke with the youth group. I did this to introduce Jesus to my kids, the Person known as Jesus. I wanted them to know His Character, His love, His passion, His wit, etc. Praise God I have seen changes in some of the kids, but I think I have learned more than they have.
I have always known that Jesus was an emotional Person. Obviously, any good theologian would say “duh!” But to be honest that has never really sunk in as it has the last couple months. One of the most emotional stories for me is Jesus and the Leper and Jesus touched Him, how much He must have loved that leper!
So the last few days I’ve been trying to put myself in Jesus’ sandals. How would I have felt? The pain He felt was immense. We all know that. Obviously, it killed Him right? But what about emotionally? He was emotionally devastated.
Luke chapter 6 gives us a little insight into how Jesus felt. After He had healed a ton of people directly after picking His Aposteles, Jesus is depressed. Luke 6:20 says, “He lifted up His eyes on his disciples” not a huge phrase in English. In the Greek we can understand that this an emotional look, it meant to look for courage and hope. Jesus was depressed. Why?
He had just been healing all those people with diseases, unclean spirits, and troubles. Jesus is the Creator according to John 1. Jesus had made Man and when He did so God called us “good.” But because of sin that was no longer the case. THe Creator came down and was now healing His Creation from their self-inflicted hurts. He is a loving Creator and was depressed at what had happened to His creation. Jesus as God knows all though and knew it would not last forever, that’s why He said blessed are the poor, hungry, hurting now because it will not always be this way.
Jesus came to save His creation. How did His creation respond to their Creator coming to rescue them? We murdered Him. Not only did we murder Him, but we tortured Him first. We ridiculed Him. We tore out His beard. We spat on Him and yelled hate at Him. We embarrassingly stripped Him. We threw thorns around His head. We beat Him. We whipped Him as chunks of flesh came off His body.
Then we made him carry His own death sentence up a mountain and drove nails into his hands and feet and left Him there to die. As He hung we continued to drive the emotional pain into His Heart. Mocking the One who gave us existence, we laughed at His pain. Hours this continued until He finally died. We betrayed God. We murdered Him. we are the worst that has ever been, we are no longer “good.”
Yet Jesus did this willingly. He was completely innocent yet He wanted to go through with this emotional and physical torment. Why? Because He loved us. Is there anything or anyone more passionate than Jesus? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Jesus is the definition of passion. He went through (please excuse the phrase) hell to save man. He is the ultimate hero.
Today, “Good” Friday, is the day we set aside to celebrate the fact that Christ died to save us from our sins. But I think the name is a horrendous offence to what Jesus went through. I mourn today for my Saviour. Today is a Horrible Friday, God died, but the good thing is that Sunday is coming. Even though I mourn for what my Saviour went through at the hands of others, I also mourn because I know I would have been the same. I would have cried out crucify Him! I would have spat on Him and ridiculed Him. We all would have, because it’s all we can do in the Face of Innocence. Jesus died today. And I killed Him.
That’s my opinion. Take it or leave it. - Dean