Like Christmas time, Easter tends to get us thinking more seriously about who Jesus is and what he has done. I would say that this is true for those who are committed to participating in weekly worship at their local church as well as those who attend less frequently. It might even be true for those who have never been to church.
Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are recognized by Christians as two remarkably significant days. Good Friday is good because it proclaims the relentless love of a Good God who is restoring His creation back to the good we were created to be. Resurrection Sunday is a day of celebrating that Jesus rose from the dead which is definitely the most important thing a person can know and believe. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, then all of what we believe and practice is a complete waste of time (1 Corinthians 15:14).
One of my favourite songs is How Deep the Father's Love for Us by Stuart Townend. The second verse of the powerful hymn includes the following phrase:
It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life -
I know that it is finished.
These words have caused me to ask myself if Good Friday is about my sin or His love? The answer I've landed on is yes.
Those of you who know me well have likely received a yes from me when providing me with two or more options. For example, "Would you like a slice of pumpkin pie or rhubarb pie?" Yes. "Do you want to have pizza or pasta for dinner?" Yes. Very much yes.
Though I've often said yes for the sake of a cheap joke, my yes this Good Friday is no joke at all.
Is Good Friday about my sin or His love? Yes.
Jesus was actually nailed to a real cross and literally died for you and for me so that we could be forgiven of the very things that led to his crucifixion. While we wanted nothing to do with God, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:6-8). Flipping that sentence around makes it even more clear: Jesus died for us even when we wanted nothing to do with God. It is because of our sin that Jesus was crucified. Sin is neglecting God. If there was no sin, there would be no need for his death. Good Friday is about our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Why did God choose to do this? Because God is love and His passion for us to be at peace with him is relentless (Ephesians 2:4-5). Because He doesn't want anyone to be lost (2 Peter 3:9). Because He truly loves us (1 John 4:9-11). Good Friday is about God's love.
So is Good Friday about our sin or His love? Yes. Very much yes.