Today is Good Friday. This is the day in which we commemorate a day in history that may seem anything but good. However, the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans explaining the answer to this question: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 6-10
The message of the cross can be impossible to understand. It had to have been for the disciples of Jesus who were expecting a king to lead them, not a man who cried out to God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. However, it had to occur this way for Jesus to be fully human and fully God. This is a concept we cannot understand till we understand what happened after the cross. Suffering came before joy, the night ends with light, and despair gives way to hope. We know the “rest of the story” from the perspective of looking back.
Today is good because the cross is where both wrath and mercy meet.
Today I sing this Psalm: “I will listen to what God the Lord will say: he promises peace to his people, his saints – but let them not return to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” Psalm 85: 8-13
Today is good because the cross is where righteousness kisses peace.