crossIn the lead-up to Easter, our resident theologian, 6 year-old Madison, asked me, “Why is it called Good Friday?”

She has a point.

It was on that day that Jesus went through his sham of a trial.

That’s not good.

It was on that day that Jesus was betrayed and abandoned by those who had previously followed him.

There’s nothing good about that.

It was on that day that Jesus was mocked and beaten and had a crown of thorns pushed down on his head.

That’s not good.

Then He had to carry his own cross up the hill to the place of execution.

There’s nothing good about that.

Finally, he was nailed to the cross between two common thieves, suffering the most painful death imaginable.

That seems far from good.

As we reflected on these facts, Madison was right to wonder.

So I reminded her why Jesus died.

He loves us so much that he died in her place (and mine) as a perfect sacrifice so that we can have a relationship with our Creator God.

John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

That makes it a very Good Friday!

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