GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER REFLECTION
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. [Gal. 2:20]
What happened to Jesus happened to us. That sounds crazy, but it is how our heavenly Father looks at it. We were, in a sense, present with Jesus on the cross. Sin is a terminal condition. Its only outcome is death. It doesn’t lead to death because God is mean – as if He randomly decided that is how He will punish sin. It leads to death because that is the nature of sin. It corrupts, corrodes, and destroys our very soul. In addition, death is the appropriate, just response to rebellion against God. Death is the unavoidable outcome of the disease; it is the necessary act of justice. So our Father made sure we died – second hand. Jesus’ death was so complete, so effective, it is exactly like we died on the cross. The disease has been radiated like a cancer. Justice has been executed. We celebrate Good Friday because we died that day with Christ.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. [Rom 6:4]
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. [Rom 8:11]
My father had cancer that encased his carotid artery. It was effectively treated and he lived long after the cancer was gone. But the doctors had to make a decision of how to treat the cancer given the dangers of damaging the artery. Curing the cancer didn’t matter if it left my dad dead.
Where would we be if we were united with Jesus only in His death? The sin might be cured, justice executed, but we would be dead. The resurrection is about not leaving us dead. We were raised with Jesus into newness of life. Easter is not an add-on. It unleashed the power of new life in us. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is working to make us new.
We celebrate Good Friday because something inside of us died that day. We celebrate Easter because something inside of us came alive that day.
Pray that the Lord will help you trust that Jesus’ death was enough for your sins.
Pray that you will experience more of the new life in Christ this year.