Ps 51 – “Against You, You only, GOD, I have sinned.”
A violent death on an ancient Friday afternoon and the humiliation of God surely deserves a more apt description than “good.” The cross, one of the most brutal public execution instruments ever devised, was more horrifying than “good.” Yet, we call today Good Friday.
Perhaps it’s appropriate.
Good is a moral term. It stands in contrast to evil. We may feel well, but we do good. And on that ancient hill — Golgotha (in Aramaic); Calvary (in Latin) — the perfectly Good One, did the ultimately good thing, for all of us who are considerably less than good as we stand before God.
It’s not just a good Friday, one among many. It is the Friday when Good paid the debt that evil owed; when Good reclaimed that which had been lost; when a world committed to violence, hatred, division, and oppression saw the greater power of Good. It is the Friday when Good — the Good One — declared “It is finished!” GOD’s plan was completed; sin’s reign was over. The Messiah-mission was finalized; the sting of death was forever annulled. Finished!
David, the Psalmist, understood that even though he violated Bathsheba and murdered Uriah, his primary sin was against GOD. Bathsheba would not determine David’s eternal destiny; GOD would. “Against You, GOD, I have sinned.” We might all say the same.
A thousand years later, Jesus — the Holy One of God; the Good One — took the penalty for all of our sin upon Himself. And the blood which flowed on the cross washed our slate clean; made us good.
Good Friday, indeed.
Breath Prayer for Today: “You alone are Good, Lord.”