Good Friday appears so horrific and tragic at face value. Jesus Christ, the Son of God is brutalized in the place of miserable sinners. Instead of honor and praise our King receives the humiliation reserved for murderers and thieves. It’s shocking. It seems like the Father abandoned His Son to the worst death imaginable, but God had this peculiar plan for salvation in place from the beginning of time.
Romans 8:3-4 (ESV)
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Christ Wasn’t Surprised by the Father’s Will
Christ was aware of the great task in front of Him and He tried to relay this plan to the disciples.
Matthew 16:21 (ESV)
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Peter’s Mind Blown
Peter couldn’t comprehend the King of Kings being killed this way. The disciples thought they were about to overthrow the Roman empire, you can’t do that if your king is dead.
Matthew 16:22 (ESV)
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
Jesus snuffed out Peter’s statement real quick. Christ made it clear that Peter wasn’t thinking like God, but rather like Satan.
I’ll leave you with two of my favorite passages that highlight this counter-intuitive notion that Christ’s death leads to life.
John 12:23-26 (ESV)
And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Romans 5:15-17 (ESV)
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
God bless you this Good Friday, may these scriptures encourage you on a somber day.