The Paradox of Good Friday
Earlier this week, many were rocked with news of the flames at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The readily available footage of the collapse of the spire is something that has only been possible in recent times. It was a sight to behold. The Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, is an architecturally incredible structure.
And yet, whatever the roots and intentions of the original architects may have been, the structure itself has in recent times become symbolic of the worshipping of created things rather than the Creator.
Easter is a time that has been set aside to remember the time when the Creator himself came into this world – and he did so to die on a Cross. Herein lies the paradox of Good Friday.
As Jesus was led to the cross 'soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe'. They were mocking his claim to be a King. The crown (allegedly destroyed in the Notre Dame fire this week) was really the first Easter hat – and it was intended to humiliate Jesus. So much about his life in this world was unfair, unjust and the actions of those around him were downright mean.
But on the other hand, at the cross Jesus offered his perfect, sinless life to be punished by God so that we might avoid the anger of God. This is something that we rightly deserve. And Good Friday is so good because it was Jesus who paid the price with his life.
1 Peter 3:18 says that Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
May I encourage you this Good Friday, and Easter, to remember all that Jesus has done? He went through these horrific events for your sake.