Good Friday Reflections



This post may not be for the faint of heart: Consider yourselves warned!

No, it doesn’t contain gratuitous descriptions of torture, violence or executions designed to illicit guilt, but it does contain a challenge!

Why are so many Christians going around with long faces today? Are they remembering the tragic assassination of Abraham Lincoln which took place on Good Friday in 1865? Probably not.  Is it because they are thinking about Jesus’ crucifixion, and lamenting not only his death, but their part in nailing Him to that cross?

It is a very human and loving response, when looking right at the crucifixion of Jesus, considering how terrible it was and how sad His passing, to feel sorrow and grief. It is a very human response even to feel a sense of shame and guilt in reflecting upon this scene.

I’m not quite sure that this natural human response is worthy of our heavenly calling, however. Isn’t this just the sort of thing Jesus died to put an end to? Sorrow, guilt, shame…?  Aren’t our natural human responses just the things that got humanity in trouble in the first place?

Think about it another way for a moment: Jesus’ death on the cross is the ultimate victory!  In this single act, He defeated death, He defeated sin and He defeated Satan… all in one stroke.  On that day long ago, he set us free from the guilt of sin and slavery to sin and death!

Why the long faces? Why the old religious rituals of contrition and penance to remember being set free from such things? You must admit that the irony of this is almost devilish. It’s almost as if we were more comfortable under the condemnation of the old Law than we are in the freedom of Christ. Yes, dear reader, today needs to be a day of reflection, but rather than reflecting with shame, sorrow and guilt, we should be reflecting upon His Victory over these things.

Oh, I know that is what we do on Sunday in recalling His resurrection, but the resurrection confirmed his victory. The victory itself was won on the cross. How much more faith does it require to gaze upon the cross and see victory, than it does to gaze upon the confirmation and see glory?

Do we dare ponder such a question?


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Good Friday Reflections

  1. cathyjo1958 says:

    The only thing we should be feeling remorse and sadness over is our lack of holding true to the commandments Jesus gave us and living our lives as Christ lived. We fail so often to remember and rejoice in the resurrection. Take heart and spread the Gospel to those who are hurting and have no savior in this world. Christ is who he says he is and he is the “MAN” – he is the only way to the Father and rejoice in a relationship with him.

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  3. Jesse says:

    Great post and a great point. We don’t call it “Good” Friday without reason. Because of the work Jesus did on the cross, we can stand before God knowing we are forgiven. As horrible of a day as it was, what happened that day is the best thing that ever happened to me, because now I am redeemed and set free to worship Him face to face for all eternity. Thanks for your post. Happy Easter. He is risen indeed!

  4. paulfg says:

    Great post, Don.

  5. realchange4u says:

    Praise God in the highest. Amen Don. I get so excited when I think about being redeemed. Hope everlasting.

  6. William says:

    I am sorry to report my Good Friday was a challenge. Lack of sleep the night before and a nine hour day starting at 3 a.m. to a job short staffed and the soulless automatons of our management sending lovely memos the past few days. My reflections were subtle as I was busy afterwards giving plasma to help my family and battling a sore throat as well. Physically and emotionally it was draining for sure. BUT… the thought of Christ having the “The Ultimate Bad Day” comes to mind and while I could not drop everything and totally reflect it was a part of the back of my mind and I reflect whenever I could. I think it showed how dark and painful it would be if Christ did not go through what we did and we should be forever greatful. Humanity owes Christ for this if that makes sense. Sorry if off the subject and trying not to rant. Good Friday is more profound now than it was a couple thousand years ago showing how evil and anxieties and injustice is still out there keeping us to truly embrace the love and sacrifice God and his son has done for us. Hope all has an excellent Resurrection Sunday.

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