Most would go with Christmas. A virgin giving birth is an astonishing miracle. But if that’s all it is, where’s the good news for you and me? How about Easter? A man rising from the dead is another amazing miracle. But if that’s all there is to it, what’s there to celebrate?
You can see where I’m going. Good Friday is the essential common thread that weaves the other holidays together and makes them good news.
Think about Christmas. The angel of the Lord told Joseph to “call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Christmas is good news for us because it’s connected to Good Friday. Think about Easter. Jesus rose as evidence that the price for our sin had been paid in full. Easter is good news for us because it’s connected to Good Friday, the best holiday of them all.
We should rename it Best Friday. Better yet, The Best Day. Period.
And as is my habit, I’ll begin my Good Friday in the wee early morning hours listening to the Jars of Clay song, O Come and Mourn with me Awhile. I hope you will join me and encourage others to do the same:
Then I’m going to watch this and weep:
If you live anywhere near Hudson, Ohio, I hope you will arrive early, sit in silence, and wait for this Best Day Service to begin at 7:00pm.