Good Friday is an opportunity to reflect upon the cross of Christ.
The first thing that strikes me is that He is the God who connects with us and offers to comfort us. He is not a distant deity; He knows what it’s like to be in the middle of the challenges we experience in life. He is the God who feels our pain because He has personally experienced it.
The second thing that strikes me is that forgiveness is freely offered, but as always, costs a great deal to the one who is giving it. The idea that we are “just supposed to forgive” is naïve and trivializes what is really taking place. Our just God takes my sin seriously and respects me enough to hold me accountable. I will never get over His amazing grace in offering me forgiveness.
The third thing that strikes me is the amazing tolerance of Christ as he prayed for those who nailed Him to the cross. Tolerance is not accepting someone who is kind to you. Tolerance is accepting someone with whom you disagree. Jesus modeled tremendous tolerance.
The fourth thing is that it reveals how much God wants to deliver us from despair and death. That Christ would go the distance of dying on a cross in order to deliver us is a clear statement of his passion to deliver us from evil. It is as we begin to plumb the depths of what Christ did on the cross, that our hearts will be moved to love him more passionately, to worship him more deeply, and to obey him more completely. That is why we call him Savior and Lord.
Your fellow recipient of God’s amazing grace,