The Greatest Mystery

Good Friday

John 18:1—19:42
Is 52:13–53:12 / Ps 31 / Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

This happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled: ‘Not a bone of his body will be broken.’ And again another passage says: ‘They will look upon him whom they have pierced.’
(John 18:36-37)

‘Twas then the greatest mystery:
Death’s Master died in Calvary.
But now it’s clear for all to see:
Christ’s death was mankind’s victory.

Today we commemorate the suffering and death that Christ, the Source of all Life had to undergo in order to free us from eternal death, and show us the true meaning of love. Good Friday brings us deep sorrow and feelings of uncertainty. These must be the feelings of Jesus’ disciples and other followers on that dark Friday, because they had not yet understood that God’s Annointed had to die for the redemption of mankind from original sin, and conquer death in His Resurrection to prove to all generations that He is really the Son of God.

Reflection

Good Friday brings us pain and guilt over the crucifixion and death of our Lord. In the quiet of the morning, the whole world seems to have stopped to ponder and meditate on the significance of this day, which is the culmination of God’s Salvation Plan for mankind. Today, our Savior finally takes a deep rest after suffering and dying and accomplishing His divine mission on earth. He had saved His people. None of those who followed Him were lost, except the one who betrayed Him.

Today is known as Good Friday, because today, Good has triumphed over Evil. Jesus Christ’s death did not mean defeat or failure, but the fulfillment of His words when he said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains but a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears twenty, fifty, a hundredfold.” The death of that single grain in Calvary has resulted in billions of grains harvested for God’s kingdom.

Let me see Your death on the cross, Lord Jesus as the triumph of Good against Evil, so that I may never be afraid to carry Your cross. Amen.

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