“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10
Why is Good Friday called ‘good’? After all, it’s the day when the person we Christians view as the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, gets brutally murdered on a cross. How could that be good?
Good Friday is good because it is the day when God demonstrates His greatest act of love for all of humankind. This is as good as good gets. It is in fact THE good news for all of us. The events of Good Friday give us a glimpse of that day when, as it says in Psalm 85:10, “…righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
In our work we long for that day. We see so much that is unrighteous and far from peace. Every day we see lives riddled with turmoil, unrest and violence. Even our own lives lack perfect peace and are often filled with anxiety and worry.
Good Friday is good because it signals that God genuinely understands the pain of the world, our pain, and is actively doing something about it.
So today, let’s remember the goodness of Good Friday as we actively do something about the pain of the world. Let’s keep doing our best to be ‘The Hand of God in the Heart of the City’
Dion Oxford, Director of Mission Integration
God, as we walk through Holy Week towards the cross
May we remember the wonder of who you are.
Your love is inexhaustible
Your forgiveness is incomprehensible
Your grace is poured out eternally
Your life is unimaginable
Beyond human understanding
Your ways are always higher than ours