I'm looking forward to preaching the Good Friday services at Allison Park Church this week. It's an honor to inspire people to remember the cross, and lead them in communion.
It's always been interesting to me that we call it "Good Friday." I guess we do because we know the end of the story. We have the benefit of hindsight and know what happened three days later. But for those who loved Jesus, in the moment, there was nothing good about it.
I also wonder if I call it good because my default position is to evaluate something based on what it does for me. It was good for me, but not for Jesus.
To flip it, the reason I'm free to live for God today, is because Jesus was willing to surrender to something that was bad for him, yet good for me.
So here's my challenge to you. This week, to honor the memory of "Good Friday," what is one thing you can do for someone else that's good for them, but not for you.
Good for your wife, but maybe painful for you. Good for your parents, but maybe inconvenient for you. Good for a friend, but costly for you.
This is, after all, the attitude of our Savior. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2.4).