“Why do they call this Good Friday? I don’t get it,” were the words my son expressed this morning. Jonah’s been thinking a lot about Creation and the Theory of Evolution. We’ve had a few discussions over the last couple of days. I honestly love the fact that he has to dig deep to figure out what truth is. After his question this morning, I started to think and read and pray about it.
As I read through John 18 and 19 it occurred to me, Jesus went from being King to the most despised criminal. The death He suffered was reserved for the most heinous criminals. And the people who wanted Him dead were the religious leaders of the day. Pilate tried over and over to have Jesus released but they would not hear of it. They insisted on His crucifixion, but Jesus allowed it.
Jesus did this by choice. He decided to be crucified. He had the power to walk away, but He endured. That was how He lived when He was on Earth. He chose to be with the sick. He dined with sinners. He loved the cast-offs. Every single relationship He had, was intentional. And when He walked the road to Calvary, it was His decision.
So why do we call this day “Good Friday”? I don’t really know but for me it’s because on that day Jesus chose us. He sacrificed because He didn’t want to live without us. The King of kings and Lord of lords made the decision to do whatever was required in order to have a relationship with us. The path He had to walk was horrible, shameful and excruciating but I believe, if given the choice again, He would make the same decision. I believe that because Jesus would do anything to save His beloved.
Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. (John 18:4-5)