Good Friday Holiday What Does It Mean?

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Good Friday Holiday

Isaiah 53:3-9 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

Mark 10: 34 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”

It makes me sick to my stomach to think of the pain Jesus went through on Good Friday. The name for this day is deceiving. What is pleasant about what happened to Jesus on this day. Yes, ok, I know it had to happen. I understand if He was not treated so He would not have risen on the third day. We would not have a way to be made right with God. But, let’s really reflect on what happened on this day.

They whipped Him until He was barely recognizable. Romans are known for their forms of inhumane torture. All this because the Jews were afraid of change, afraid people would side with Jesus and not them? This painful interruption multiplies joy. But, put yourself in the crowd. What feelings come up?

If I was there at the time and not knowing what I know now. Just a person in the crowd, I would have been angry. Knowing me I would not be out in the streets following the crowd. I would be hiding in my house trying to not know what is going on. That is normally how I react to tragedies going on around me. If I do not know the person I stay home, I pray for them, and move on with my life.

How callous of me, or is it fear? Fear of being involved, fear of not being able to do anything about it? Tell me the truth, how would you have reacted if you were in the crowd with Jesus carrying the cross? What would you have done on that first Good Friday Holiday?

But, what we do know now. We know God’s purpose in Jesus’s pain. We can experience joy God can only give. What guilt though that can bring up. For us, Jesus was tortured and died. Because of our evil nature Jesus was punished. How selfish we can be. Because we needed more than the perfect garden God gave us.

Good Friday Holiday
looking up at an empty cross from the ground

This Holiday lets reflect on our part of Jesus’s death. Ask for forgiveness. Really let Jesus search your heart. Let Him and what He went through change you from the inside out. If He has the power to go from that torture to bring in joy God can only produce, He has all the power to kill the sin that is holding us back today. I believe this is God’s purpose in putting the sins of the world on Jesus as He was crucified. So that our sins died right along with Him.

Outside sources

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  1. Hi Katiedash🌷
    I totally get where you are coming from. I have an odd perspective because Jesus came to me when I was a very small child, perhaps 3 or 4. He came in the midst of trauma and terror to answer a prayer I didn’t yet know how to make. So for me, Jesus was love, protection, comfort, a beloved … this was long before I had the capacity to formulate or commit sin ( although I was born under original sin, or course.)I knew nothing yet of sin or death. He was enough. My best friend…as real to me as my bed, toys, food , my dog or whatever a child thinks of as theirs. I didn’t understand worship or my unworthiness, I only had my love and complete trust to give him. my learning of His sacrifice on the cross, eternal life, the conquering of sin and death came a good deal later. So, for the first several years of our relationship, I did not yet know the full story of Jesus and all He accomplished for me…I just knew Him and who he was to me. ( I remember, probably 60 years ago saying, ” I’ll be right back, Jesus. I have to go pottie. “)His friendship was the first part of The Gift.
    Fast forward, and, although He never walked away and I never stopped believing, I joined fully into the world. To my shame,I am guilty of as much sin and carelessness as I can be. I have grieved the heart of my Lord many times over and can only be saved because of the second part of The Gift. Now, I realize He didn’t just save a traumatized child, He saved my soul for eternity.
    So, that’s why I feel like I would have loved Him that first Good Friday as I do now. (I don’t know if that makes sense in the light of Biblical history and his sorrowful death, but it’s all I know.) Love, awe and gratitude were already in place before I understood the cross and salvation. I can’t really relate to a world without Jesus. I remain among the least deserving of all I have been given.

  2. I have my devotions on a regular schedule in the middle of each night so my Good Friday observance was in the wee hours, before Friday dawned. Last night’s devotions were for Holy Saturday. There were many readings and a service to watch. I have a confession to make, however. In the wee hours, I needed my Jesus. I am struggling with chronic pain and between doctor appointments. I was alone and scared. I needed my Jesus! So I did all the Easter devotions and readings, watched another sermon and got a head start on Easter. I needed Him to be out of the tomb and with me. I took a flashlight from my bedside table and shine it on the picture of Him holding his 100th sheep. I felt He understood. I felt soothed.
    So, I guess I kind of know what I would have been like that first Good Friday. I would have been lost, sad, frightened, confused and lonely. I would have cried as I am love, awe and gratitude.

    1. I would be the same way if I knew what I know now back then. Think about it, the culture, a man claiming to be the Messiah and to our understanding our Messiah was coming to save us. Save us from the Romans. This weak fleshly man, beaten to a pulp, He is here to save us from our oppression? We do not know about the salvation that is a gift to us because of his death and resurrection. We just see and understand what is around us. That this weak man did not save us from our oppression, the Romans. How could He, they beat Him. How would you feel then. I can see the fear, the confusion, the loneliness. But gratitude, love, of a man who said he was our Savior but did not save us from our earthly trials? Without the understanding of His teaching of 3 days later He would rebuild His temple.

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