“Good Friday” is the day we commemorate the Lord Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinful humanity on a Roman cross in the First Century AD. Many in our country are puzzled that we observe such a day. Some reject the mere historical existence of Jesus Christ. Others allow for his existence but reject his sinless nature and divinity. Scripture teaches that the divine, sinless Son of God died on a Friday and rose from the dead on a Sunday (Matt. 27:32-28:10; cf. Luke 23:53; 24:1). The apostle Paul shared this very message with all those he had the opportunity to share with during his Christian life (1 Cor. 15:1-8). He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16 CSB). Apart from Christ’s death and resurrection, we would be dead in our sins and at enmity with God (Rom. 3:21-26; 1 Cor. 15:12-22).
So, we celebrate Christ’s death on our behalf and his victorious resurrection from the dead. But, remember that we don’t merely do that at this time of year. Each time you gather with a gospel-preaching, gospel-believing local church and you share in the Lord’s Supper, you celebrate Christ’s death on your behalf and his resurrection from the dead (1 Cor. 11:23-26). Every month is a reminder of the gospel. If we only celebrate Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we have missed its vital importance in our everyday lives.
Beyond the Lord’s Supper, our congregational songs and special music should contain reminders of the death and resurrection of Christ. Sermons and Sunday School lessons should contain the gospel as well. As we wake up and live each day, we should remember our standing and identity in Christ, if you are a Christian. If you know Christ as Lord and Savior, you can live in hope (Rom. 8:31-39; Eph. 1:3-10). You being in spiritual union with Christ, through faith in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-14), makes the peace and joy of God available to you (Phil. 4:6-7; John 15:9-11). So, the gospel – the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the redemption of sinners – is something we should celebrate every day. Praise the Lord for a crucified and risen Savior! The gospel is great news on “Good Friday” and on “Resurrection Sunday.” It is good news every day because he is risen. He is risen indeed!