As I am working on the Good Friday message this morning, I’m reading and reflecting on 1 Corinthians 15.
In the shortest summation of the gospel in the New Testament, the apostle Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 15, “What I received I pass on to you of first importance”—the most important fact in all of human history—“Christ died.”
All by itself, that is not good news. It’s actually very sad news. But then Paul gives us the theological understanding of that event. He uses a profoundly important word, “for,” in order to move us from the fact to its importance in our lives. “Christ died for our sins.” That’s why it’s good news—the best news we’ve ever heard, the only hope we’ve ever had.
I simply can’t wait to share it with everyone this weekend. My friends, that’s what makes a bad Friday a Good Friday!