The Blessed Irony of Good Friday

A gruesome irony: God became a carpenter who worked with wood and nails, and was then nailed to two pieces of wood. Yet he knew this gruesome irony before time began and submitted to it just the same.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8.)

and,

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2.)

for you,

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19-20.)

meaning,

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:9-10.)

God became human so you could be reconciled to him. He loves you that much.

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2 Responses to The Blessed Irony of Good Friday

  1. Anu Riley says:

    Love this line: “God became a carpenter who worked with wood and nails, and was then nailed to two pieces of wood.”

    I honestly never picked up on that. The carpenter aspect of His life is precious to me because of the slow, careful work it took to build things back then. No electricity or fancy tools means everything was done by hand.

    On the flip side, because of the patient, persevering work—-the finished products would greatly reflect your level of skill. And hopefully they would be a sight to behold. Well made, well crafted, and made to last a lifetime.

    Machines are made to do the work of man, but in doing so—they may take something away from the man. (for Star Trek fans, you know where that came from!)

    I didn’t realize this until I read a Bible commentary, but it was very hard to believe that Jesus was fully human AND fully God. One of those aspects was either diminished or questioned.

    For example, did God really die on the cross (that was too much to imagine), or was His humanity diminished so that He could “supernaturally” bear the pain of crucifixion?

    The commentary went on to say that if He was not fully both, He could not fully be our perfect Savior. Both aspects have to be acknowledged as 100% real and valid for Him to fulfill that role.

    If Jesus had no shame in adding humanity to His deity, then we have no reason to be ashamed of ours. And so often I’ve seen that.

    Being born again in Him does not mean you have become a supernatural being—and your humanity is diminished as a result. For me, I felt more alive AS a human being when I became born again, because for so long I had suppressed that.

    The believers that got looked up to (in my experience), were the ones that projected more spirituality rather than human frailty. And I don’t mean their sinful nature (that’s separate from being human). I mean they spread themselves very thin, juggled a lot of balls—-yet seemed to have limitless energy and strength. We tended to think of them as amazing—-anointed and zealous and very “full” of the Lord, practically 24/7! These were the persons we’d want to emulate. Their passion for Him seemed to override anything that might slow them down.

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with passion for Him! But now I look back and wonder.

    We are limited because of our humanity—-our minds and bodies are proof of that. But pretending like those limits don’t exist, or that the bar as been raised, or they don’t apply to those that have been born again—-doesn’t seem right. Or Biblical.

    I started to worry about some persons in my orbit because I sensed that did not take time to set boundaries and limits. This implies that you have no lines that can be crossed. If you don’t learn how to respect your humanity—-and learn to say “no” in order to take care of yourself—-you’re disrespecting something that Jesus had great respect for—His own humanity.

    Jesus clearly got tired, hungry and thirsty. Mark 4:38, John 4:4. I started to wonder why professing Christians around me seemed unwilling to admit those very same things, as if admitting that indicated a lack of faith, or an unwillingness to give as much glory to God as possible.

    I learned the hard way (still learning—the hard way means it’s hard, and slow). But when I think of Christ as a carpenter, I’m cheered. He made beautiful products the hard, patient way—-so I know I’m in good Hands.

    What kind of a person is He making me into? Well, if He can take mere pieces of wood and make beautiful creations out of them, He can work with my limited resources!

    And as your post pointed out, He took a few pieces of wood and secured our salvation with them. His creativity is beyond limits.

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