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Why the Good

GOOD Friday morning friends! "Good Friday" we call it... this Friday before Resurrection Sunday. Did you ever wonder why, this most terrible Friday in all of history, this day when men and women of planet Earth tortured and killed Jesus, God's only Son, is called good? Here are a few of my morning meditations:

  1. It's good because without this day... all would be really, really bad for all of us!

  2. It's good because we aren’t good and we desperately needed a good sacrifice.

  3. It's good because... the sacrifice was a good one! The payment was good.

  4. We know the sacrifice of Jesus' life was good because... He was sinless.

  5. We know His life sacrifice was sinless and good because... God accepted it.

  6. We know God accepted the sacrifice as good because... God raised Jesus from the dead.

  7. This day is good because the supreme Sacrifice was finished... Jesus could have chickened out at the last minute and not finished it.

...and then this day, and all the rest of our days ever more would have been supremely BAD! Praise our Abba Father, God! Praise Jesus, His Son! Praise the Holy Spirit for the GOOD of this Friday and all the rest of the GOOD eternity! God bless your good day! May we worship Him in all His Goodness this Sunday Resurrection Day!

Your Mennonite Christian friend,

Edwin Shank

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. ~ John 19:30


Song for this Week Acapella singing is a huge part of our plain-people faith and culture. Here is a worshipful song we often sing in our churches over Good Friday or Resurrection Day. I think you'll enjoy it! (Click on the title to hear the song. It may take a minute to open.)

There is a Green Hill Far Away There is a green hill far away outside a city wall, where the dear Lord was crucified, He died to save us all. We may not know, we cannot tell what pains He had to bear; but we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there. He died that we might be forgiv'n. He died to make us good, that we might go at last to heav'n, saved by His precious blood. There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin; He only could unlock the gate of heav'n, and let us in. O dearly, dearly has He loved, and we must love Him too, and trust in His redeeming love, and try His works to do. Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1800's)

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