Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday


good \ˈgd\ O.E. god (with a long "o") "having the right or desirable quality," - First record of good day is from c.1200.

What's in a word? Today is Good Friday. Good. The word good is used as an adjective, a noun, an adverb, an interjection and an idiom. I use it in the name of my blog. There are 603 verses in the New American Standard translation of the Bible which include the word good (870 in the King James). Aγαθος is the greek used in Luke 18:18,19 - A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone."

The expression for Good Friday in the German is Karfreitag (“Sorrowful Friday”). And so, today is good and today is sorrowful.

I look out the kitchen window and I see children, searching for eggs someone has hidden in the grass. I think they are having a 'good' moment. Searching can be good.
For the disciples of Jesus, the day between days, the time between Good Friday and Easter morning must have been a day of searching, remembering His words. Perhaps they remembered this-
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

Thank you, Jesus, for Good Friday.

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