Good Friday

How is Good Friday “good”?

I guess calling it Bad Friday just didn’t have a ring to it.

Or Terrified Friday–since that is what Jesus’ followers were. That sounds like a horror film–although they didn’t have movies back then.

Or Give Up Friday–since Jesus basically just gave himself up to the authorities knowing the following few hours would be filled with pain and humiliation.

Or, in America, maybe we just call it a day off work.

Theologians, or other people who think too much, might say “good” because of Sunday. But on Friday, they were not anticipating Sunday.

I am not necessarily on the side of Mel Gibson who seems to revel in every gory piece of the story.

But, we have to ask ourselves, how can we really identify as followers, as Christian, without at some level experiencing the struggle, loss, death, and then on Sunday experiencing the life?

Why do so many pretend to live a Christian life when it’s all theory and theology that has made no real impact on how we live our life. At what point do we experience the dinner before the arrest where Jesus gave us final instructions. “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.”

It’s all what makes Jesus different from all other spiritual teachers. It is possible to experience the risen Jesus and let that experience change how you live your life.

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