In our everyday lexicon, we use the phrase T.G.I.F. at the end of week.
For the few uninitiated people out there, the term T.G.I.F. is an acronym which states, “Thank GOD It’s Friday!”
Scores of American Workers, Students, Stay-At-Home Moms and Dads – and many others look forward to rejuvenate their Souls and their Bodies with a weekend of Rest and Relaxation.
Most of the time, I would concur with these feelings.
The Holy Bible informs us that even GOD rested on the Seventh (7th) Day and that He sanctified that day (“set apart” or “consecrated it as Special” and called it a Holy Day.
Genesis 2.1-3 reads –
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.
2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
The seventh day of the week is Saturday. In the New Testament economy, we have a special reverence for Sunday which is the First (1st) Day of the week because Our LORD JESUS rose from the dead after experiencing a horrible death.
It is because JESUS paid the ultimate price to reconcile mankind back to GOD that today above every other Friday is known as “GOOD FRIDAY.”
In the Christian world this current week is called “Holy Week.” Holy Week is the culmination of what Christians call the Lenten season (old English for to lengthen…a 40 day period in which believers in Christ join their LORD in His ultimate journey to Golgotha and The Crucifixion or The Cross).
It was during the Passover Season (this is the Jewish Feast or Celebration of their Exodus or their departure of leaving Egypt after more than 400 years of cruel slave bondage) nearly 2,000 years ago that our LORD celebrated a special meal with His 12 Disciples a last meal in which He instituted what Christians today call the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Our LORD was preparing Himself to become a Sin-Offering for humanity. The words of the prophet Isaiah help us to grasp the significance of what Good Friday really means (Isaiah 53.1-12):
1 Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye,
no beauty to draw us to him.
3 He was spurned and avoided by men,
a man of suffering, knowing pain,
Like one from whom you turn your face,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.
4 Yet it was our pain that he bore,
our sufferings he endured.
We thought of him as stricken,
struck down by God* and afflicted,
5 But he was pierced for our sins,
crushed for our iniquity.
He bore the punishment that makes us whole,
by his wounds we were healed.
6 We had all gone astray like sheep,
all following our own way;
But the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.
7 Though harshly treated, he submitted
and did not open his mouth;
Like a lamb led to slaughter
or a sheep silent before shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Seized and condemned, he was taken away.
Who would have thought any more of his destiny?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
struck for the sins of his people.
9 He was given a grave among the wicked,
a burial place with evildoers,
Though he had done no wrong,
nor was deceit found in his mouth.
10 But it was the LORD’s will to crush him with pain.
By making his life as a reparation offering,
he shall see his offspring, shall lengthen his days,
and the LORD’s will shall be accomplished through him.
11 Because of his anguish he shall see the light;
because of his knowledge he shall be content;
My servant, the just one, shall justify the many,
their iniquity he shall bear.
12 Therefore I will give him his portion among the many,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
Because he surrendered himself to death,
was counted among the transgressors,
Bore the sins of many,
and interceded for the transgressors.
Wow, what an unbelievably graphic description of what Our LORD suffered in order that He would make us whole!
When Adam and Eve sinned (please see Genesis chapters 1-3) they caused a seismic spiritual earthquake to occur that ripped and tore themselves and the earthly realm in which we live in apart.
We call this historic event “The Fall.”
Before “The Fall” Adam and Eve walked in warm fellowship and communion with Almighty GOD.
After “The Fall” Adam and Eve and their human posterity walked in rebellion and alienation from GOD.
Mankind without the presence of CHRIST in their hearts by the power of The Holy Spirit has no natural inclination to pursue a relationship with The Holy Creator (Romans 1-3).
GOOD FRIDAY is a wonderful reminder to Christendom as well as an annual reminder to a “Watching World” of the reality of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
So today above and beyond ALL other FRIDAYS is a moment in which we truly can shout and proclaim: “THANK GOD IT’S GOOD FRIDAY!”