Lenten Devotion: Good Friday
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Good Friday is not good because of the events we remember and reflect on today. It is “Good” because it is the necessary prerequisite to Easter. There can be no Easter, our celebration of the completion of God’s plan for those who are believers in and followers of Christ, without Good Friday. What can I possibly say as a reflection that is worthy of this day? As I read and reflected on the Daily Office suggested readings for Good Friday, I realized that taken in their entirety, the same readings are the best reflection I could offer. I hope a short series of comments will convince you to read and prayerfully reflect on the suggested passages.
Psalm 95 calls us to worship and obedience whereas Psalm 22 reminds us of God’s plan of deliverance, but deliverance at a cost that led Christ to cry out on Good Friday, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” These passages are followed by those that offer hope. Psalms 40 and 95 offer prayers for help, vindication and thanksgiving for deliverance. The passage from Lamentations reminds us that God’s steadfast love endures.
The transition to the events of Good Friday is made by 1 Peter’s reminder that we are ransomed “with the precious blood of Christ.” John 13 uses Peter’s denial to remind us that we do not need to be perfect to be loved by him. Finally, John 19 tells us that Jesus truly died on the Cross and was buried. Easter is real.
“Not my will but Yours be done.”