Maybe you’re like me and have wondered why today is referred to as “Good Friday.” Have you ever thought to yourself why it’s called that? Why would a day that was full of so much bad be remembered as good? Like I could understand if we called Sunday good, but Friday. It just doesn’t make much sense. How could a day where Jesus was falsely accused, brutally beaten, and shamefully put to death be considered good?
Recently I was listening to a message called “The Thirst Trap” by the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick. He started out the message with this bold statement “Favor flows from unexpected places.” It got me thinking. How many times do we miss out on a blessing in our lives because we aren’t expecting it to show up in the way it did? How many times have I missed out on something God had for me because it didn’t look how I expected it to be? Like, for example, I asked God for a tree and He gave me an acorn. Or how the Israelites asked God for water and He told Moses to hit a rock?
You see if we are not careful, we will end up missing out on God’s blessings because they come wrapped inside an unusual container. We will miss out on the gift because we were expecting it to look much differently.
Forgiveness flowed from an unexpected place, a hill known for death called Golgotha. Salvation flowed from an unexpected place, a cross. Redemption flowed from an unexpected place, a pierced side. Life flowed from an expected place, death.
Friday is remembered as good because of the gift of God that was freely given. The work of God was finished by Jesus on Friday. On the exterior it didn’t look so good because of the circumstances. But the favor of God flowed to us in the most unexpected place. And because of that Friday is good.