The Paradox of Good Friday

Written by Robert

“so that when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

Today we sit in reverence and awe of what Christ accomplished on the cross. We declare this day to be good because in His ultimate selfless act a fountain was opened to cleanse us from sin and uncleanness. We sing, “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.”

It is good because in the work of Christ we are made holy, blameless, righteous, a chosen priesthood. We have been made new by His grace and His work, not our own. Hallelujah, what a Savior. 

“Man of Sorrows what a name, For the Son of God who came, Ruined sinners to reclaim, Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

Yet, the paradox that in the midst of knowing, seeing and feeling this joy of salvation there is deep, profound grief and mourning. Zechariah 12:10 … “so that when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” I can not describe to you the magnitude of pain, sorrow, anguish, and grief that losing a child bears. It is a deep, piercing open wound. So with this verse we see depth of our sin and the great cost that our redemption exacts. Today, we weep as if our only child has died at the sight of what your sin and my sin has done.

The saddest and worst day in history also created the most joyful and good day of history. Joy and grief intertwined, so join me in singing today, “Man of Sorrows what a name, For the Son of God who came, Ruined sinners to reclaim, Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

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