The following is a guest post by Todd Bumgarner, lead pastor at our sending church, 2 Pillars Church–Near South. It originally appeared on the 2 Pillars blog in April 2014.
Good Friday is the day of the year where Christians remember and celebrate the death of Jesus. Death isn't something that we typically celebrate, so… what is it that is so "good" about Good Friday?
To make sense of this, we need to understand something about sin, something about blood, and something about Jesus.
The Bible teaches that every single one of us is sinful. This includes you and it includes me. Biblically speaking, however, we're not just considered sinful because we don't do what we should do (sins of omission) and do do what we shouldn't do (sins of commission); rather, we're born sinful. Sin therefore infects every aspect of who we are - our actions, thoughts, emotions - everything.
Another way to say that is to say: we're not sinful because we sin, we sin because we're sinful.
The Bible further teaches that because of our sinfulness, we are at odds with God and that when we die, if our relationship with God is not repaired, that we will spend eternity apart from God in what the Bible calls hell.
Blood Must Be Shed
When it comes to repairing our relationship with God, the Bible teaches that we are not able to do that in-and-of ourselves because everything we do is tainted by our sinfulness. What that means is that even our best efforts to seek God or please God are not enough to repair the broken relationship with God. Nothing we do can repair it.
Going to church every week can't do it. Reading the Bible every day can't do it. Praying every morning can't do it. Alleviating poverty can't do it. Nothing we do can repair our broken relationship with God.
Instead, the Bible teaches, blood must be shed. In fact, as you read through the Old Testament, that's exactly what the sacrifice system is all about: making atonement. Making atonement is just a fancy way of saying that it is through the sacrifice that God's wrath is removed for an offense against God (sin). More simply: blood must be shed in order for the wrath of God, which we deserve for our sin, to be appeased.
The Bible teaches that Jesus came to repair, once for all, the broken relationship between us and God. That God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8). That Jesus, the Son of God, was sent by the love of God the Father to rescue us in our brokenness and to repair our relationship.
When Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday, he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Having come and having lived the perfect life, he died the perfect death, in our place for our sin. It was the sacrifice to end all sacrifices and he did it for us.
And when we believe and trust in Jesus, this is effective for us. Not only is the wrath of God due to us for our sin appeased, but we are forgiven, redeemed, and restored according to the riches of his grace which he lavishes upon us. When you believe and trust in Jesus, your broken relationship is fully and finally repaired.
That's what is so good about Good Friday. That's why we, as Christians, remember and celebrate this day.
Celebrate With Us
If you'd like to learn more about Good Friday or simply need a place to remember and celebrate it, we invite you to join us this Friday at 6:30pm for a one-hour worship gathering at the Joyo Theatre in Havelock.
Additionally, the 2 Pillars Near South congregation will be joining us for the evening. This will be the first time that we've worshiped together with our brothers and sisters from the Near South since we were commissioned and sent out prior to our February 28 launch.
It promises to be a great evening and we'd love for you to join us!