All week-long we’ve been looking at Holy Week. And today is the day that so many people just don’t know what to do with.
Good Friday. The day that Jesus was crucified. Yet it’s good. It’s a mix of a day. A day of sadness and ultimate joy for Christians. It’s a day that has been used in anti-Semitic ways too. It’s a day that some Christians would rather skip. Easter is so much happier – there’s an Easter bunny don’t you know. He hands out chocolate – he’s like Spring’s version of Santa.
But you can’t get to Easter without going through Good Friday. You don’t get to new life until there is death. Something has to die in order for there to be new life. What about Babies, you say. Well, sitting inside the mother’s womb has to end in order to the baby to be born into the world. Imagine how frightening that must be – your whole world, everything you’ve ever known – all of a sudden it’s ending. You don’t know what is on the other side.
Death leads to life in nature. When a tree dies and falls, fungus starts to grow on it eventually. Bugs make it their home. Animals seek protection in the hollow of the trunk.
Death leads to life – and it is good. In the creation story we hear about how God creates out of nothing – the nothingness ends and creation comes into being. In other versions of the story, God creates out of the chaos. The chaos ends and order and life begin.
Death and life go hand-in-hand. Yet, we don’t like to think about death. Too often we think that death is the end, a permanent end. Yet, we Christians know this is not the case. Death doesn’t have the final say, it is not the final end. We have been promised new life. Death leads to life. In the end that life will not look the same, but it will be life. Death is not the end, it the end of the old, and the beginning of the new.
Good Friday is good because death no longer has the final say – that way died. New life begins.