Good

Calendar wisdom for Good Friday. “Afflictions may be lasting, but not everlasting. By Watson” and “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful inn prayer. Romans 12:12” How appropriate for Good Friday, exhausted from this Covid-19 pandemic, news overload, and home sheltering. I will post a Good Friday service this afternoon for home worship. Why is today called “Good?” Reminds me of the rich young ruler addressing Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? (Luke18:18)” Jesus sends the question back to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. V.19” Perhaps this gives some insight.

I have been pondering the question of advocacy. Was Jesus the victim of my sins? The common ditty we say is “Jesus died for my sins.” It feels like because of my huge tendency to sin, Jesus had to go to the cross to appease God’s anger. He was a victim. Perhaps, though, Jesus went to the cross as a proactive motion of reconciliation because of God’s great love for us even as sinners?

I am in a horrible dialogue with someone who is so upset with me over actions, misunderstandings, “sins” of the past. It is a bit of a chicken and egg discussion as the past is so much a factor of memory and how we understand and interpret events. Is something, the deeds I have done or the cross, “good” because of the outcome that is to my benefit ie I bought the person the things wanted, understood reality as the person does OR is something good because God is good? The goodness rests not in benefits to me but in the character of God whose ways are a mystery to me.

I choose to believe today is “good” not because I get salvation from the cross but because God is “good” and knows what is best – even in the midst of Covid-19, death and suffering.

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