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Two Words: Good Friday

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 10, 2009

These words aren’t very descriptive of the day they represent, but they do reveal the results of that day.

Just to be a little confrontational, I don’t believe that Jesus died on Friday for one reason – Jesus said three days and three nights He’d be in the belly of the earth (Matthew 12:40). Since the day began at sunset the day before, Jesus would have to be buried at least on Thursday before sunset, but I digress.

You could say that Jesus was having a bad day.  He was going through the most brutal torture a man can face though He was completely innocent.

It was also the most important day of his ministry on earth.  He had healed the sick, raised the dead, taught life changing words, but all of this would be in vain if He failed in this one day.

I say this quite a bit, but it bares repeating here, “If Jesus failed in the temptations from Satan, He would have lost relationship with His Father. If Jesus failed to die, we would have lost relationship with the Father.”  This was the most important day since the creation, and Jesus could not fail. However, the path to victory was going to be excruciating.

I find it most amazing that Paul tells his readers that he wanted to “know Jesus in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering” (Philippians 3:10).  This is the only real way we can approach understanding Jesus and what He represents.

The resurrection was a glorious event that shows the power of God.  It reveals his victory over Satan and his triumph over death.  It is where we really want to dwell.  It’s the happy spot.  It’s good, and right, and easy. But if the only relationship you have with Jesus is the feel good message of the resurrection, then you are missing the whole picture and the most important element – fellowship with Christ.

Paul iterates that you need to know him in the “fellowship of his suffering”.  Have you ever noticed that people tend to bond in times of trouble?  Think about it.

  • World Trade Center – America unites, patiotism, etc.
  • Two girls kidnapped in California together form a unique bond that no one else can share in.
  • Death in the family brings family closer.
  • You going through life’s struggles tend to pray more and become more aware of the presence of God in your life.

It’s not that God isn’t in the power of His resurrection, it’s that we don’t listen too well to God when the going is good.  We switch to cruise control and we move God toward the back seat.  Sometimes I wonder if God doesn’t bring about some of our troubles so that we can get to know Him more in the fellowship of suffering.

To close out this point, Paul tells us what to celebrate – Jesus’ death (1 Cor 11:26). We celebrate the death, the cross Christ bore, because it is the hope of our salvation.  The gospel message is defined in the Bible simply as Jesus died, was buried and rose again.  (1 Cor 15:1-5).  Paul understood, probably better than most the fellowship of Jesus suffering.  Remember that his call from Jesus was this, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:16)  How would you like that call?

The truth is that we are all called to know him in the fellowship of His suffering.  This is the only way to really know the heart of God.  If you want to have a “good Friday”, get to know the Savior who died for you through the fellowship of his suffering for you.


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