Good Friday Revelation

Good Friday Revelation

Title Slide for Good FridayI asked a friend this morning what he thought about what Jesus might want us to know about Good Friday today, at this time in human history? This led into a great discussion about Good Friday and this Easter weekend.


In our discussion this came to mind. Many have questioned why a good God would send His son to suffer and die, or why a good God would forsake and abandon His son on the cross in suffering penalty. Many theological questions arise about the true character of God when we think of the horrifying suffering of Jesus on the cross.


But then as we talked further, something else came to mind. If I believe in Jesus being God, and God is present in all things, all of time, then in reality, Jesus wasn’t alone and forsaken, He was God hanging in torment for my sin. Jesus said, “Father, why have you forsaken me?” But this doesn’t mean that God was absent. There is a paradox that seems to always exist in who God is, and how He functions, but none the less, God was present throughout the death of our Savior, He is our Savior.


Then our discussion went further and we talked about the resurrection that followed. When Jesus rose from the grave, He didn’t rise as He was before. Rather, He rose to a new form, a new life, a new reality. He became the first representation of the restoration of life!


I came to see, and believe that from that grave, came the new life that has been given to all of creation. The restoration began in all of our lives! The promise of a completely restored future reality was now in place.


I trust deeply in the restoration process. I believe strongly in the renewing grace for my life, and for all of mankind.


As is said in the Bible, It Is Finished! It is completed.


Jesus death paid for it all, his resurrection promised restoration for all.


Jesus life proclaims a future full of hope for all!


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4 Responses to “Good Friday Revelation”

  1. Gary Matson says:

    John,

    What an awesome insight! Thanks you for sharing. This makes my Easter Weekend something to rejoice in even more than ever. For those of us who have suffered for so many years under the yoke of mistaken biblical interpretation regarding our identity as being cursed by God yet still loving God and refusing to act on our natural desires.

    What a conflict to hate oneself because of believing these interpretations and yet trying to serve God for 25 years as a Pastor, husband, father and grandfather still begging God all of the time for healing. He did not heal me and so I finally gave up, crossed the line and ran as far away from that God and those who served him as I could.

    Then it took me another 20 years to find the real God of Grace and Restoration that you so eloquently write about above. Now i Have a new ministry to God’s Gay Kids sharing this wonderful message of restoration that God made us who He meant us to be and we can walk with our heads held high.

    Thank you John for sharing this message of Hope and Restoration. The gay community is filled with those who grew up in religious homes where they were told change or perish when that was not God’s message at all.

  2. Tim Raper says:

    John, I have always believed Jesus is God Manifest in the flesh. I have often thought on the scripture of God turning away, as Christ asked,”Father why have you forsaken me?”

    Your article puts things into prospective. It reminds me of when my daughter was an infant. She was prone to run high fever and her doctor would check her for Meningitis by doing a spinal tap. He always requested we help hold her down due to the severity of the procedure and her age. I was always torn, wanting to be with her, but somehow felt I was betraying her by assisting in something that would cause her discomfort. Knowing it was for her good, and must be done, so she would have a future.

    However it did not help mine or her feelings at the time. When a few days past and she was well, it was worth the pain and agony. This was nothing compared to Calvary, but as close as I ever want to get, in seeing a part of my flesh suffer.

    Jesus said; I and the Father are one. When you have seen me you have seen the Father. This was true before Calvary, but I can’t help but believe there was a bond made that day, that replaced any feeling of separation, the enemy may have tempted Christ with, while hanging on the cross.

    As a Father, there is nothing I had rather do for my child than to take away her pain. But there are times in life that each of us must endure our own pain.

    Just as my Daughter had to suffer pain to live, so did Christ, to bring life. The Spirit of God, alone could not replace the flesh, it was Christ destiny, he came to die. I could not take the pain from my daughter, but I never left her side, nor do I believe God ever left his son, Jesus Christ.

  3. susan berry says:

    Thank you, as always, John. I have thought of the paradox of “foresaking” resently. I heard someone of a different faith say that God would never say that, and I thought, “oh, yes, he would because he loves us so much.” To create is to make an image, not the actual thing. I am in the image of God, created by God, but not God. I have a trusting relationship with my cats. They love me as I love them; they know that I provide for them, pet them, comfort them. My realtionship with them is a “shadow” of my relationship with God. I cannot explain things to them; they just trust me and do not understand when I am doing something to them(a pill)that they do not like. I will never know, however, what it feels like to be “cat,” but I do understand my relationship with them. God chose to be us,”human,” to feel what we feel, and to “feel” separation, paradoxically, from himself to be “willing that none should perish.” He allowed himself to “feel” separation so that I do not have to. How awesome is our God to put himself through such suffering. Of course,we can never understand the paradox fully, but we can contnue to contemplate what Christ has done for us.

  4. Timo Milligan says:

    John, I’m not sure if I agree with you when you say that God was not absent. I believe that when all the sins were placed on Jesus, God and Jesus were torn apart. This wasn’t something that God did to his son, he let it happen to them both. As Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one, being separated from each other was equally painful for all parts of God. Sin and God do not mix, so placing all of humanity’s sins on Him tore Him apart. God loves us so much he was willing to go through the most painful thing He could ever experience in the feeling of separation (as Susan says).

    I also believe Jesus was a very willing participant. He is God and dying for humanity was not something forced upon him but a choice that he made as well. Because the love that the Father has shown for us is the same love that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have for us, all of them being God.

    This all came out a lot less sensibly than I had thought it out in my mind. Oh well, God bless!

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