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by: Jack Harter

04/02/2021

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“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;  I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues? 
  Where, O grave, is your destruction?   (Hosea 3:14)

 

Did you ever wonder why they call Good Friday good? Even a thorough examination of the events of that day nearly two thousand years ago yields very little in the way of anything that can be called good. The day started with a mock trial before Pontus Pilate and ended with the Son of God lying alone in the darkness of a borrowed tomb. The time in between was filled with nothing but gruesome pain and misery. His followers, those who had devoted the last three years of their lives to following Him and learning His ways, were scattered in confusion and sorrow. Doesn’t sound like much of a good day!

 

The answer can be found two days later when the prophesy of Hosea was fulfilled. Paul quoted this prophecy in his first letter to the Corinthians when he asked: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  (1 Cor 15:55) You see, two days later, that same borrowed tomb would be empty! Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ arose and walked out of the tomb; taking us with Him. His glorious resurrection could only occur because He had yielded to the will of the Farther two days earlier. The stripes and cross of Good Friday bought us the beautiful sunrise on Resurrection Sunday.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;  I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues? 
  Where, O grave, is your destruction?   (Hosea 3:14)

 

Did you ever wonder why they call Good Friday good? Even a thorough examination of the events of that day nearly two thousand years ago yields very little in the way of anything that can be called good. The day started with a mock trial before Pontus Pilate and ended with the Son of God lying alone in the darkness of a borrowed tomb. The time in between was filled with nothing but gruesome pain and misery. His followers, those who had devoted the last three years of their lives to following Him and learning His ways, were scattered in confusion and sorrow. Doesn’t sound like much of a good day!

 

The answer can be found two days later when the prophesy of Hosea was fulfilled. Paul quoted this prophecy in his first letter to the Corinthians when he asked: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  (1 Cor 15:55) You see, two days later, that same borrowed tomb would be empty! Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ arose and walked out of the tomb; taking us with Him. His glorious resurrection could only occur because He had yielded to the will of the Farther two days earlier. The stripes and cross of Good Friday bought us the beautiful sunrise on Resurrection Sunday.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

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