A World at War, Good Friday, and Frodo
April 17, 2014 25 Comments
It is Good Friday, the day Christ invaded our enemies and our sins.
Both were major events. Both would see devastating setbacks (so it would seem), but Americans and Christ came out victorious in the end.
I’ve heard it asked, “Why is it called Good Friday?”
But like many wars, it was necessary for Christ to enter into battle in order to declare victory in the end.
You can’t be an official opponent if you don’t enter into a war. You can’t claim victory over that war unless you enter into battle, on the winning side. And you can’t fight the battle effectively unless you believe in the cause you’re fighting for.
Jesus knew the cause of His fight, He entered into the battle, and eventually declared victory three days later by stepping out of that tomb. Though our culture downplays it, there are many things worth fighting for, and Jesus seemed to think that your very soul was worth the fight.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you better believe that when He took those punches to the nose, He was thinking of you.
When the soldiers shoved the crown of thorns on His head, He endured it for you.
When the Father looked down on His Son savagely being nailed to the cross, He knew full well that in the end, you would be able to declare victory next to His Son and stand innocent before Him on the day of Judgement.
It is Good Friday because it is a prelude to the real celebration that is to take place this coming Sunday.
Like every normal person, my wife and I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although we marvel at the brilliant filmmaking, we don’t necessarily enjoy all the hurt and anguish Frodo is put through.
But we know it’s part of the story. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we really only love the movies because of the last half hour of the last movie which is saturated in victory and redemption.
But those final scenes mean nothing without the 9+ hours of war and anguish preceeding them.
In the same way, you can’t appreciate the miracle of Easter unless you understand the goodness of Christ’s crucifixion.
One step further: You can’t fully celebrate the miracle of Easter unless you recognize the goodness of you yourself being crucified with Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Have a very Good Friday and declare war on your sins.