Good Friday: A Roman’s Perspective

Charles Dickens got it exactly right in the opening sentences of A Tale of Two Cities. He said, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness.”

Those iconic words were written over 150 years ago. They could have been written this morning. Or 1,000 years ago.

Civilizations rise and fall, but every generation faces the same fundamental paradoxes: Love and hate. Wealth and poverty. Good and evil. Existential opposites that have always been with us. And always will be.

The dark side of Good Friday openly
acknowledges that humanity suffers. Sometimes unfairly. Good people die
tragically, and bad people live long, prosperous lives. Logic and certainty get
turned on their heads, and we’re confronted with the hard, cold reality that
things don’t always work the way we want them to.

But hang on. Don’t abandon hope just yet. There’s a reason
it’s called Good Friday, after all. Today reminds us that Jesus can
bring beauty out of something truly ugly and broken. His death and resurrection
are what enable joy and life to emerge out of suffering and death.

To paraphrase Dickens: Good Friday turns our seasons of darkness into seasons of light. It turns our winters of despair into springs of hope. Good Friday is about life overcoming death.  Redemption overcoming judgment.

Good Friday is a paradox. Because life is a paradox.

I invite you to join us on our Focus on the Family
Broadcast “Good Friday: A Roman’s Perspective.” We’re featuring a recorded presentation by
Dr. Joe White that will help you experience the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
through the eyes of a Roman cross-builder. Hear the Good News that came from
Christ’s death.

in on your local radio station, online, on
Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.

You can also get a copy of Dr. Joe White’s
book Irresistible Love: A Journey to the Heart
of Jesus
for a donation
of any amount. Give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). Or visit our website for more information.

Sunday is this weekend, and though the coronavirus pandemic will make your time
of worship look a lot different this year, I hope you’ll find a way to connect
with other believers virtually.

Crises like COVID-19 demonstrate the importance of Easter.
We all suffer in this life, but we can endure with real hope. Easter is all about
God saving humanity in a way that it could never save itself.

That’s why Easter is one of my favorite holidays.

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Jim Daly

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