Why They Call It Good Friday


How is it possible to believe, how can anyone believe without fear and trembling that all of God was present in a man? Who can believe that God incarnate is dying on a cross? No reasonable being can accept such an implausible and frightening revelation, the impact of which always makes one reassess everything. – Jacques Ellul, If You Are the Son of God

Good Friday once more. A time to remember the unreasonable act of Jesus Christ, who voluntarily suffered and died so that we might have a relationship with God.

Does it make sense? Absolutely not, when you look at it in human terms. We try to avoid suffering, we don’t go looking for it, even if it will benefit someone else.

The whole thing is a mystery, in the Biblical sense of the word, an event of awe and wonder that we do not yet understand fully. It happened; it is part of history, but the implications are difficult to grasp completely.

Good Friday was only the first part of course. Without the second part, the resurrection of Easter Sunday, Jesus’ crucifixion would only be a footnote to history, just another Roman execution in a minor province.

That empty tomb makes it possible to seriously contemplate that God indeed was present in the man Jesus, that God incarnate did die on a cross.

It is indeed an implausible and frightening revelation – none the less true for being implausible.

As a reasonable being, have you taken the time to reassess just what Good Friday (and Easter Sunday) means for how you live your life? If not, what are you waiting for?


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