FGF #144: FEEL Good Friday

For weeks now, every Friday I’ve posted things to watch, read or listen to that are sure to make you smile, because we all could use a little good news. But today instead of feel good Friday, I’m inviting you to Feel…Good Friday.

Because we can’t celebrate Easter until we FEEL Good Friday

Connecting with the crucified Christ is a pre-requisite to celebrating the Risen Christ.

There’s just no way around of sharing the good news of Easter without talking about the death of Christ.

There is no new life without death. No empty tomb without the cross.

But make no mistake, Jesus didn’t suffer FOR our sins

Jesus died because of our sins

Jesus died because he challenged the power of those in authority

Jesus died because he disrupted the status quo

Jesus died because he refused to stay silent in the face of oppression.

He could have saved himself

He could have walked back some statements

He could have played ball with the powers that be

He could have pulled a Houdini-style miracle and freed himself from the whole mess

But he didn’t.

He suffered.

Not for us

But with us.

He died

Not for us

But because of us

Jesus died to show us just how far God’s love for us will go

All the way to the cross

All the way through the suffering

All the way to the grave.

John 15:13 tells us that There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Jesus death on the cross is God’s love in action

But that doesn’t mean that the cross isn’t brutal and ugly

It is indeed painful and gruesome

And it is upsetting and unsettling to contemplate and consider

But we must Feel Good Friday before we can truly celebrate Easter

We must weep at the cross before we can rejoice at the empty tomb

Crucifixion comes before resurrection

Death comes before new life.

Today, may we truly Feel Good Friday.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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