Good Friday: Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42
The Christian faith is filled with irony. The cross, an instrument of torture and execution, is an image of victory. Christ is hailed as Messiah during his Triumphal Entry only to be shouted at a few days later by some of the same people on his way to crucifixion. God, the almighty maker of heaven and earth (as the Creed proclaims), chooses to bring his program to Earth through a small, insignificant tribe of slaves; then, he fulfills his Kingdom through a vulnerable baby. All is not as it appears with God.
Good Friday is ironic only in name. It appears wrong to refer to Christ’s death as good. It was an injustice. It was a tragedy. It was wrong. It wasn’t good. Yet, on Good Friday everything changed, for the better. In Christ God went to the uttermost to reach his people and restore his creation.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.