What makes today so good?
1. to be desired or approved of.
synonyms: healthy, fine, sound, strong
2. having the qualities required for a particular role.
synonyms: fine, superior, quality
3. possessing or displaying moral virtue.
synonyms: virtuous, righteous,
4. giving pleasure; enjoyable or satisfying.
synonyms: enjoyable, pleasant, lovely
synonyms: complete, whole, full
noun 1. that which is morally right; righteousness. synonyms: virtue, righteousness, goodness 2. benefit or advantage to someone or something. synonyms: benefit, advantage, gain
As I think about today and what it must have been like to line the streets as Jesus walked to Golgotha, I cannot imagine anyone who knew Jesus using the word "good" to describe the day.
An innocent man was punished with a most painful and inhumane death. He had committed no crime and had received no just trial. The heartache of the world was heaped upon Him, along with the utter wrath of God toward sin. All sin. Every sin. All was laid on the shoulders of God's own Son, left to pay the price for the multitude of sins that He had never committed. Today was the darkest day in history.
For many that day, the idea of any good coming from the death of the man they had followed was far-fetched. What was coming on Sunday was not certain, and I'm sure there was a helplessness and hopelessness. All seemed forlorn, not good.
It seems backwards to call today good, but today we know that that is indeed what it was. It was good. Very good. So good that because of this darkest day, we can have life, and life more abundantly.
"For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him." -Romans 5:6-11
I couldn't help but think about the forgiveness we have received through Jesus when I watched this news story. We deserved death, but through Jesus' payment for our sins on the cross, we have received a pardon. Watch the video here.