Today is Good Friday
Today is Good Friday; a day of quiet and being still. It is a challenge to stay in one attitude all day long, and yet it is a day of great significance for me, for you, and for our entire planet. As C.S. Lewis said, “Death and Resurrection is what the story is about and had we but eyes to see it, this has been hinted on every page, met us in some disguise at every turn, and even been muttered in conversations between such minor characters (if they are minor characters) as the vegetables.”
I suffer from a pollen allergy and I dread the beginning of April because it ushers in a few weeks of heavy sneezing, puffy-itchy eyes and a general sense of ill health for a couple of weeks. But it is quite different this year as we are arising out of a deep, deep winter and the first signs of sneezing and puffy eyes have in some uncanny fashion given me hope, for it is also a sign of life sprouting around me in the bushes and in the trees. I hear the arrival of sweet sounding birds that have migrated and are once again making their homes in our gardens and forests. Spring has begun! The grass is turning green, the daffodils have popped up here and there in my garden and the tiny daisy buds are full of promise!
And so it is with Good Friday. It is the advent of Eternal Spring for those who believe. I do. To quote C.S. Lewis again, “Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author’s control.”
I am not one of them. I am convinced beyond a measure of doubt that the Lord of all creation executed a well planned and well thought of strategy to save His creation. He succeeded. Only He could have saved what He had created. And on Good Friday we remember His choice. His sacrifice. He enrolled Himself among sinners and in doing so He became their advocate. I leave you with a few words from Charles H. Spurgeon and wish you a day full of hope and joy for you have been released and set free. You may wish to claim it for yourself if you haven’t already. It is a free gift from the Lord of all creation!
“Why did Jesus cause Himself to be enrolled among sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. By doing so, He could better become their Advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counselor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as separate from each other. Now, when the sinner is brought to the bench, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents. He pleads His blood and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them that the Judge proclaims, “Let them go, deliver them from the pit, for He has provided a ransom.” Charles H. Spurgeon
It seems too good to be true. In a morally fallen world, it seems too good to be true. A Resurrection is needed. The good news is that it happened over 2000 years ago. It is a matter of time before the advent of Eternal Spring. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye, no sneezing, no puffy eyes, just the sweet scent of the Risen Saviour! I am excited and it is worth enduring all the emotional and spiritual allergies that come our way now as we continue to live and endeavour. Saint Paul has truly said, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I wish you a time of deep reflection, joy, peace and hope as you live through Good Friday and wake up on Easter morning!