Apr 20, 2011

What is so good about Good Friday?!

Good Friday is remembering the day Jesus was crucified. In that sense every day is a Good Friday for me as everyday I am reminded of the crucifiction of my Lord. Similarly everyday would be Easter for me as everyday I am reminded of His resurrection, and again the same case with Christmas!

I often wonder how it would have been if I lived in those days - in the first century Palestine - walking along with Jesus and his followers... I often think I would have stayed closer to Him and not deserted like others did! I would have been devastated that night I am sure and would have cried, rolling on the streets, calling out after Him, begging the soldiers to be not too hard on Him, wincing with each blow to Him...

Then I wonder if I am thinking too high of myself... If Peter couldn't stay with Him and even if John himself deserted Him with the ten others, or even Mary for that matter couldn't run out to Him, hug Him, cry for Him, plead for Him, what is there for me to think I would have done it any differently?! If not one single soul from the mutitudes of people who received health, life, food, blessings from Him could come closer, how would I have... I don't think I would have been any different... I would have been a hindrance I am sure, rather than a helper in such a situation...

I am sure I would have believed He will not die - that He will do a miracle and get away with the cross or something like that... I am sure I would have thought He would be the King soon... - putting the soldiers to shame... Many wouldn't have had even the slightest idea that He would die that night... After all He had raised the dead, healed the sick, often preached about establishing His Kingdom, anyone who belived in Him then would have thought He would live thru' that night... I might have too if I were there...

But alas, the unexpected happend! He died on the cross! Let's pause there for a moment! The agony that followed, the hopelessness, the fear, the "left alone" feeling - it would have been terrible, too hard a blow...  Most of them had left everything to follow Him, and now if He is no more, what would they do? How will they survive? Who will plead their case, wipe their tears, raise their dead, heal their sick, feed them bread... who?... how?... when?

The agony didn't last longer. It turned to joy the third day when Christ resurrected and appeared to many... They were no more deserted, they now had Him again and death can harm Him no more...

 "He Lives!" would have been the greeting of that day, that week, that month, that year and even of that century.. and ofcourse for the rest of the centuries to follow - even today! Indeed He Lives! Absolutely no doubt about it! He lives in me and if you believe, He will live in you too!

Good Friday is good not because He died but because He lives! He died for me and now lives - in order to pay the price for my sins, in order to take me home where He is... No greater love than this I have seen... 

Wishing everyone a Happy Good Friday, a Happy Easter and why not a Happy Christmas too!

15 comments:

ari said...

Your article on Good Friday is very inspiring,liked the way you drove home points.

PLionel said...

Akka, I enjoyed reading ur article. Good Friday is the greatest day ever!!
Pauline

NRIGirl said...

Thank you Ari & Pauline
~ NRIGirl

Joshua said...

Very nice Queen akka!! kalakkuringa sister :)!Jesus is risen and lives in us forever!! Wishing you, Anna and all the kids a Happy Easter!

NRIGirl said...

Hello Joshua! Nice to hear from you. Glad to see you visited home - saw the pictures in FB. Wishing you a blessed Easter... Delight just returned from Japan.

~ Queen akka

A said...

Excellent article. Thanks for writing this.

NRIGirl said...

Thank you, A!

Y L said...

Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. In him we have redemption through his blood,the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. This is the reason why the day he died is known as a Good/Big/Holy Friday

A said...

A good read again. :)))

Juxtaposition said...

Nice to know more about Good Friday. Tell me something dear, here it's called "Dukha velliyaazcha", which means "Sad Friday". How come its Good Friday in English?

Is there any importance to this past Wednesday and Thursday too? These have names here too. But I don't know their significance.

Jyothi

KParthasarathi said...

Nicely and crisply written

Tomz said...

I wish you a very happy and hopeful Easter

NRIGirl said...

Jyothi! True we say 'Dhukha Velli' in Tamil too which means Sad Friday. The term remains because it is the day of remembering Jesus's crucification. However English has it better as Good Friday as it is indeed a happy rememberance that Jesus died for our sins and resurrected!

Thank you @KParthasarathi for visiting NRIGirl blog.

@Tomz! Thank you and wish you the same.

@A & @Amma! Appreciate your comments.

KParthasarathi said...

Thanks for making me read this wonderful post again.
To me this day is a day of grateful remembrance,a day of penance,a day of compassion and giving and a day of awareness of the cost at which Jesus has won our redemption.
He taught us peace against violence,forgiveness against revenge,humility against arrogance and love against hatred.
May His name ever reside in our hearts to show us the way
Best wishes for a Holy Friday

Ms said...

Thanks for the post about Good Friday. Jesus has thought us many things and the foremost is Love. To what extent he loved us. He calls not only to remember it but to act upon it.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Great post. Queen I just Loved it.

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