“We’ve only got one shot
Gonna take it now
Goin’ all in, gonna make it count
Won’t look back, gonna set my eyes
‘Cause there ain’t no practice runs in life”
This Is Not A Test – TobyMac
Many years ago I sat in a church on a Good Friday and watched The Passion Of The Christ for the second time. It was a moving and traumatizing experience. (Not as traumatizing as my initial viewing, but still very powerful.) I say that as some who is pretty desensitized to on-screen violence.
I am a Christian. The movie, The Passion Of The Christ, pulls no punches when it comes to the horrible reality of the Roman crucifixion process that Jesus underwent. It brings the crucifixion to life. It brings the events of what we call Good Friday to life. Which begs the question, what is so good about Good Friday?
That is a good question. I could give you all kinds of answers. That the good in Good Friday in this context means holy. That Good Friday is good because without the events of Friday Jesus’ resurrection will come. Or even that Good Friday is good because without Jesus’ torture and death on the cross our sins could not be forgiven.
All of that a true. But does it answer the question? Well, maybe and maybe not. Let me explain why I see it as Good Friday.
Good Friday is good. It is the day we remember that Jesus endured the torture of the Roman executioners in my place. I should have been the one on the cross. I should have been the one taking the blows of the Roman soldiers’ fists and whips. It is a reminder that I am a sinner in the sight of God, and without the horrors both physical and spiritual endured by Jesus, I would not have been offered grace for all my transgressions. I would still be a dead man walking.
Thanks to the horrors of the cross. I can be reconciled to God. Yes, the resurrection is the key to my rebirth, but without the cross, there is no resurrection. You can’t have one without the other. Jesus’ work on the cross and subsequent resurrection are what saved us, me, from eternal death.
And this life-saving work can save you as well. It was and is given as a free gift. All you have to do is believe. Believe that Jesus is the son of God. That he died on the cross for our sins. That he was resurrected on the 3rd day. All you need to have a faith in those facts and you are guaranteed eternal life with Jesus.
I know I don’t talk about my faith that much here. Most of my posts are fluff or movie reviews and such. If you read any message that I have written and take it to heart. I hope it will be this one.
I’m sure how to end this so I’ll just leave you with a video of the song I quoted at the beginning. Enjoy!