“Good” Friday is certainly ironic. Read a different perspective on it in this week’s edition of “Isn’t That Ironic?”.
What’s good about Good Friday? It’s a common question, even among Christians. It is ironic that we call death “good”. As you know, the spiritual life is full of irony and paradox.
The usual answer to the “Good” Friday question goes something like this. It is “good” because Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all humanity and offered Himself as a sacrifice to atone for our sins.
In the Bible, sacrifice is a common theme. The idea is that we need to sacrifice something to God as a means of atoning for (making up for) our sins and healing our relationship with God, to bring us back into a right relationship with God.
The Easter message is about the ultimate triumph over death itself. Jesus died and rose from the dead, demonstrating His power over death and His oneness with God.
Here is another idea. I am not bold enough to claim whether one or another understanding is correct or true—just a different perspective.
Perhaps the message of Good Friday is not a conquering of death, but a demonstration that there is no death. You are not your body. The beginning and ending of this body are but a sleeping and a waking, or a waking and a sleeping—a momentary transition in the eternal life of your soul. Death never was. You are an eternal being of Light and Love—forever a child of your eternal Father and created in His image of Light and Love.
Once you realize that you are an eternal soul—not a body—you also have “conquered” death. You no longer fear death. You realize that death is just a change. You came from God and return to God. Just as matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed, so it is with you. You simply change form. But whether you are in this form or another form, you are always with God, for it is not possible to be without God.
You are as God created you. You cannot be otherwise. Today we celebrate that Jesus showed us this truth, as he laid down his physical body. Celebrate your realization of eternal life.
Yet whatever perspective you choose to meditate on this Easter, may it be a blessed and illuminating experience for you.
God Bless You!
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