Friday, a day that takes place toward the end of the week but the beginning of a weekend, often looked forward to as a time of rest from the week’s labor. There are fifty-two Fridays in a calendar year and of the fifty-two, there is one that is most known throughout the whole world, Good Friday. For Christians, it is remembered as the day Jesus goes to be crucified at the place of the skull (Mark 15:22) fulfilling prophecy uttered from the foundations of the world (Gen 3:15, Isaiah 53). Jesus Christ’s resolute obedience to death on a cross accomplishes for His elect salvation (Matt 27). Too often, the blessings that flow from His death to the believer overshadow the ultimate purpose of why He went to the cross; the reason being for God’s glory alone.
Jesus Christ and his work on Good Friday can be known more intimately when we step away from our selfish mindset of viewing Christ’s sacrifice as just our benefit. We must understand that salvation was the sole act of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and not anything accomplished by man. Again, this means that glory and honor belong to God alone. Ephesians 1 helps to illustrate this by praising God in how the trinity was active in salvation. The Father in election (1:4-6), the Son in redemption (1:7-12), and the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit (1:13-14). All of this being done to the praise of the glory of His grace” (1:6 NASB) (MacArthur 487).
Ephesians 2:7-10 says “7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
If our conclusion to Good Friday is only focused on the benefits that we received from Christ’s death on the cross, then we have missed the point. We need to deny ourselves and shift our mindset to God. By clinging to God, it enlightens the heart to view clearer that Good Friday is only good because God would send Jesus, His Son, to die on our behalf. Bridging for the sinner their relationship to Him, based solely on His plan of redemption through Christ from the very foundations of the world. Therefore, during this time reflect and see that honor and glory belongs to our King who so lovingly gave to us the righteousness of His Son (2 Corinthians 5:21) so that we can be adopted as sons and daughters of God (John 1:12). This is what Good Friday means, Soli Deo Gloria: To God alone be the glory.
By Pastor Eric Moua