The Beautiful Paradox of Good Friday
19 Apr 2019
By Allie Marie Smith
I paused today to think about the irony of this day – that it is called “Good Friday.” “Bloody Friday” seems a little more fitting. Our natural, physical selves wonder how anything “good” can come from such a day:
“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him.” Mark 15:22-23
And in the same way we ask ourselves this question: How can anything good come from this mistake; this abuse that was done to me; this depression, this eating disorder; this loss; this sickness; this battle I wage against myself?
Hosanna, our weary souls cry: save us!
On Good Friday Jesus set out to prove three days later when He conquered the grave that there is purpose in pain, beauty in ashes, forgiveness from our trespasses, life in death and redemption from brokenness. This hope we would not have, it if were not for what God did on our behalf.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
In the lyrics of one of my favorite worship song: “You count it strange, so did I before I knew my Savior.” To all who are weary – this day is for you – for all of us. We are not alone in our pain. There is purpose. Hang tight and believe in Jehova Rapha – the Lord who heals and makes all wrongs right.
Today, may you remember that Sunday is coming and the best is yet to come.
Allie Marie Smith serves as the Founder and volunteer Director of Wonderfully Made and helps direct the Anchored In Love Young Women’s Conference. She is the co-host of the Wonderfully Made Podcast and the author of two Bible Studies “Becoming Who You Are In Christ” and “Healthy Eating and Abundant Living.” Allie lives in North Santa Barbara County with her husband Paul where she loves surfing and adventuring up and down California’s golden coast. Be encouraged by her writing at alliemariesmith.com.