Friday Followings: Good Friday and The Great Exchange

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
Today is Good Friday. I’ve often been asked, and have often wondered myself, why in the world do we call his day “Good”? After all, God in the flesh is put on the cross and killed. Jesus is innocent. He is the Prince of Peace. He is the one who teaches love and reconciliation. And there he is, the Savior of the world, murdered on Friday by those he came to save.
 
Why in the world would we call this day “Good Friday?”
 
The author and theologian John Stott puts it this way.
 
“The essence of sin is that we substitute ourselves for God; we put ourselves where only God deserves to be…. That’s the essence of sin. But the essence of salvation is that God substitutes himself for us; God puts himself where we deserve to be… that’s the essence of salvation.”
 
Martin Luther puts it this way:
“That is the mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. Jesus has emptied Himself of His righteousness that He might clothe us with it and fill us with it. And He has taken our evils upon Himself that He might deliver us from them.”
 
The apostle Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:21. “For our sake God made Jesus to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
 
Give thanks today for the amazing love and grace that God has for you. The Great Exchange, God’s righteousness for our sinfulness, happens on Good Friday. It’s no wonder we call this day Good. It cost Jesus his life, but it gives life to all who have faith.
 
As we move from this day to the celebration of Easter, we once again rejoice that Jesus didn’t stay in the grave. And by faith and trust in him, we are given the assurance not only of a purpose-filled life here and now, but life everlasting and forever.
 
As you celebrate Easter, whether you’re here at Gloria Dei or traveling and worshiping elsewhere, may the risen Christ meet you once again and enter your heart and your life. In Jesus we have and know the Way, the Truth, and the Life, now and forever.
 
Together with the entire staff, I wish you a very blessed Easter. Christ is Risen…. He is Risen indeed! Keep in mind that our Saturday service is a full Easter celebration service, so if that works best in your schedule, be reminded of that option.
 
Worship times for the remainder of the week:
 
Good Friday – 7:00 p.m.
 
Easter Celebration Worship
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. (with Holy Communion)
Sunday – 7:30, 8:30, 9:40 and 10:50 a.m.
 
Pastor Tim