Why is today Good Friday?

I try to answer this question with a series of quote that capture the tragic beauty of death by crucifixion.

“Consider the price of this ransom, look carefully at this captive. He is the Son of God who is greater than all creation. How will you respond when you hear that such a priceless ransom was paid for your sins? Will you still want to offer your works done under the Law? What is the works of all men, the suffering of the martyrs, and the obedience of the holy angels compared with what the Son of God has given in His death, even death on a cross?”

– Martin Luther

“The Son of God was crucified; I am not ashamed because men must be ashamed of it. And the Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed because it is absurd. And he was buried, and rose again; the fact is certain because it is impossible.”

– Tertullian

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus wrote this in Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus Christ:

We…know how the story turns out, yet we neither rush to Easter nor, when we come to Easter, do we put Good Friday behind us as though it were a nightmare past. The risen Christ, and indeed Christ returning in glory to judge the living and the dead, is always the crucified Christ who bears the scars. It is finished but it is not over. The reality of salvation is definitively settled, but history continues to be cruciform, a way of the cross for pilgrims headed home. Salvation is “now” and “not yet”; it is a matter of certitude and a matter of seeing in a mirror dimly; it is a present possession and a hope to be worked out with fear and trembling.

(H/T Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Take a few moments today and contemplate the amazing event that the God-Man died. Today, Christians mark the day that this death offered restoration for humanity.

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