Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Why Is Good Friday Good?

Why do we call it “Good Friday” if we’re remembering how a man was brutally executed? Truth is, if enough people really understood what happened that particular Friday there would be protests and street marches to every parliament of the world demanding that it be changed from “Good” Friday to “Best” Friday!

Imagine you had a crippling credit card debt, a largess personal loan, and a mortgage that’s out of control. You have just been told by the Dentist that your kids need braces – or to put it another way- $5000 for each child! Each day you are overwhelmed by the enormity of your worsening financial predicament. You can’t sleep. You’re snappy. You’re depressed. You do the maths and you get more depressed! Then you get an unexpected phone call.

It’s the bank. They’ve rung to discuss your financial situation.

Gulp. They’ve reviewed your accounts and decided to forgive all your debts and make an unimaginably large deposit into your savings account! Would this be a “good” day?

If you get what actually happened at the original Easter, then you understand that what actually happened was 10,000,000,000,000,000 (plus more) times better than that imagined day! It was the day the Creator of the Universe cleared the spiritual and moral debt of those who are reconciled to Him. Is this worth celebrating every year by attending Church and saying thanks? Or, perhaps you still don’t “get it”? Then this weekend is the best time of the year for you to come and see what all the fuss is about! It’s not just “good” news- it’s the best news!

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