Our culture takes great pains in avoiding the realities of death and dying. Though the West has largely embraced the culture of death through abortion, euthanasia, and human degradation, it is often veiled, concealed, or tucked away in pockets of society where we dare not go. Instead, we indulge in counterfeit representations of death as a form of entertainment and cheap thrills, but avoid the realities of nursing homes, hospitals, and funerals where death is either immanent, or, its consequence is too painful to bear.
The Gospel constantly draws attention to the certain penalty of death. On Good Friday, Jesus was beaten, flogged, ripped and ultimately hung on a hill in humiliation “at the place of the skull” called, Golgotha. Though innocent, he was presumed guilty by his accusers. It doesn’t seem right that we call it “good.”
His death on a cross was necessary; without it, there would be no forgiveness of sin. This is the real meaning of Good Friday.
Good Friday exists to remind of the consequence of sin
2020 has raised the level of fear and many of us are contemplating our own mortality, while praying God’s mercy and healing on friends and loved ones through this COVID-19 pandemic.
Why is this happening? The Bible gives us clear answers for why death is so unsettling, yet certain.
Before pandemics, viruses, cancer or violent wars and bloodshed, God created a world with no sin or death in it. In Genesis 1, God made a beautiful cosmos filled with brilliant stars, distant planets and living creatures. The jewel of his creation was mankind, male and female, made in in his image (Gen 1:27). God gave Adam and Eve dominion over everything (Gen 1:28-31), a palatial garden fit for a king (Gen 2:8-9), and a command for living in right relationship with Him (Gen 2:15-17).
The problem came when Adam and Eve took their eyes off of God (Gen 3:1), listened to a serpent rather than the voice of God (v. 4), broke God’s promise (v. 5), and brought the just consequence of sin. Their sin meant death was certain.
At their greatest moment of despair Adam and Eve, chose to hide themselves in their condemnation rather than meet God face-to-face. They chose the scant covering of fig leaves to hide their sin (v. 7).
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Helfenbein