Today is Good Friday, the day where we remember Jesus’ execution at the hands of the Romans. So we’re continuing our short Easter Series, based on Glen Scrivener’s spoken word series entitled Divine Comedy. We started the series last Sunday night with the first post, entitled, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Jerusalem!
Good Friday: Comedy or Tragedy?
When looking at Shakespearean plays we see a big difference between a comedy and a tragedy. A tragedy starts in joy and ends in pain, where a comedy starts in pain and ends in joy. So on the face of it, Good Friday may look more like a tragedy than a comedy.
However, unlike Shakespearean tragedies, the events of Good Friday are all tragic. The day starts with Jesus being arrested, He is then put through a series of trials, these trials then lead to severe beatings. These beatings are followed, by the crucifixion, then the death, and finally the burial. Can you imagine how taxing this kind of day would be emotionally speaking?
The Humour Within Good Friday
When we think about it, Good Friday is a funny day. There is an almost comical irony behind the chosen people of God choosing to execute God because He wasn’t the King they were looking for. Is it not somewhat funny to see the priests who should have known better push the people to choose Jesus over a terrorist. The events of Good Friday include some notably humourous points.
None of that though compares with the tragedy of this day, this is the day that God died. And that is a real tragedy.
Not the End of the Story
Thankfully though, Good Friday is not the end of the story. The whole point of Good Friday is to lead to Easter Sunday. See, the King of Kings chose to die on a cross for us, so that we could enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. See the cross was chosen by God to address the sin issue in our lives well before we ever born.
This is the reason for Good Friday, Good Friday is the day we remember the death of Jesus, but without Good Friday, there is no Easter Sunday. And it is Easter Sunday that we celebrate.