I must admit that I am really struggling today. Today is called "Good Friday," but today does not feel good. It does not feel good that the world is living in fear. It does not feel good that people's lives are falling apart. It does not feel good that today commemorates the death of an innocent person. It even doesn't feel good that today the temperature is in the thirties when it has been in the sixties recently.
But what makes today especially hard for me this year is this is my first Good Friday as a father. As I write this, I am sitting in my office staring at my son sitting beside me. And, I must admit that when it comes to him, I am quite the softy. It kills me to hear him cry, and I will do everything in my power to protect him. It is my natural reflex to want to pick him up and comfort him after even the slightest bump or bruise.
And this makes me think about how incredibly hard it must have been for the Heavenly Father to sit back and watch His blameless son be beaten, whipped, and ultimately crucified. I imagine that it took most every ounce of His divine power to not get involved. I imagine that it took almost everything He had to not reach down and save His son.
To put it simply, I couldn't do it. I don't have that level of self-control. If I saw someone beating my son, I would not be able to sit back and watch. If I saw my son being whipped for something he didn't do, I would not be able to hold back. And if someone sought to kill my son, I would do everything in my power to save him. If I were God, humanity would be doomed.
Yet that is what makes this day so "good." God loved us so much that He endured the pain of watching His Son die. God loved us so much that He endured seeing His Son in immense pain. God loved us so much that He endured the pain of separation so that we could be restored. Today is good because, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 ESV)
Because God sent His Son, we live forever with Him.
Because God sent His Son, we are free from the bondage to sin and death.
Because God sent His Son, we stand forgiven and redeemed.
That is what makes today good.