Holy Week is an important time of remembrance and reflection for the Christian community. For a Christian, the most central event of their faith and belief is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of this broken world. This was accomplished on the cross in His death where he bore the sins of the world as the son of man and then in the resurrection as He overcame death as the Son of God. Fully man, fully God.
So on Good Friday we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Doesn’t seem like a very good day, right? Of course the reasoning is understandable, it was a good for us. The event itself doesn’t seem so good. In fact, the torture, humiliation and excruciating death of Jesus does not feel good at all. It really is a perspective thing.
Jonah asked me recently why we need parents to tell children what to do. It led into a discussion about the role of parents and the intent behind parental instruction and discipline. It’s all to prepare children for the future. Certainly obedience to parents is not something that most children perceive as good in the moment. Hopefully, as children grow older and launch into adulthood, they will see that it was good.
The GOOD in Good Friday requires a look into eternity. What do you believe awaits after death? What happens to a person’s spirit/soul when life on this earth has ceased? Is this really it? Do we close our eyes one last time and it’s all done?
For me, I believe there is more.
Good in this life is relative. Ideally, we have good in this life and in the life to come. Most of us, if asked, would probably prefer to have a good life on earth and a good life in eternity. There are some that believe if you live a good life on earth, you will live a good life after death. Again, its perspective. Who defines what is good?
More and more, what the world sees as good, is not aligned with my belief in what scripture defines it to be. Good, as I understand it in the Christian faith, is a life solely centered on Christ. Any gesture of kindness, love and otherwise, is centered on God’s glory. The world’s focus is driven toward the “good” of the individual in this life now. Sometimes we have to do things in this life that may not feel so good. Sacrifice and discipline, don’t feel so good. When we are following Jesus in all we do, we can rest assured that eternal good awaits.
As Jesus prepared for the cross. As He shared the last meal with his disciples. As He prayed fervently in the garden. As He absorbed the torture and mocking. As He bore His cross on which he would be tormented and crucified. As all of these events unfolded, I believe Jesus saw it as good, because His perspective was eternal. In the midst of his suffering He calls out, “Father forgive them”, because He knew what was truly good.
Following Jesus and committing your life to live for Him alone does not ensure a good life now. A life lived for Jesus is good in what awaits us in eternity. -jason