The Best Holiday. Period.

Bob Bevington
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The Best Holiday. Period. | March 29th, 2013

The Best Holiday. Period.

If you could only celebrate one holiday a year, which would you choose?

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.


  • Paula Kechisen Collins

    I have to agree with you, but for me, it began on Palm Sunday and will stretch all the way to Easter. I love all of it. Every one of Jesus’ actions, from entering Jerulsalem, to the cleansing of the Temple, then the final Passover Meal. All of this before guards burst into the Garden and arrest Jesus who speaks not a word but willing goes to die. All willingly, knowing. Knowing we would never get any better and continue on as my best friend says it: black-hearted sinners.
    Grace, forgiveness, unconditional love. WOW.

    • Bob Bevington

      Ah Paula. You are right. I stand corrected. It’s The Best Week! Period.

  • Darleen Grimsley

    After he says It is finish! is what Jesus dying on the Cross is for me. That means Jesus has won the victory through his suffering for all the sins for me and all who believe Him to be the Christ. It is finished means a new beginning for us of eternal life with almighty God in a perfect world. That we will no longer be corrupt and decaying.Free of sin forever and ever and to everlasting to everlasting.Amen

    • Bob Bevington

      AMEN! Pure Grace: Gods blessings in Christ toward those who deserve His curse. Amazing!

  • joe

    wow. Glory

  • Jay_the_Optimist

    Jars of Clay song (cough cough) we apologize Frederick Faber!

    Great Catholic hymn writer. We don’t sing enough of his music.

    Happy Best Friday to you, Bob! See you tonight.

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