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by Dan Potter of DUZIE

I remember as a kid sitting through “GOOD Friday” services wondering what was so GOOD about it. I was able to take the afternoon off from school, which was GOOD. But in the story of the cross, the Jesus who died, the faces of fellow pew sitters and sitting for an extra hour through church . . . I could not find the GOOD.

As I grew, the question remained, “What’s so GOOD about GOOD Friday”? Jesus died! Perhaps the religious leaders of his day gave it the name, it was GOOD for them, perhaps Satan himself named it. It seemed to be his aim, to kill off this “Messiah”. I was sure it was NOT GOOD for Jesus or his mother and followers. It was a bad Friday, for sure.

Even this morning I awoke with the same thought, what’s so GOOD about it? But it hit me that this day marks the greatest illusion ever performed. The “GOOD” is that it became the bad day for the religious leaders and marked the worst day for Satan, cause he totally missed it . . . he lost! Talk about fake out. Imagine the moment Satan got it, he was lead right in to his own demise.

For me it is a super GOOD day, because I get to be in on the GOOD effect of the day. I get to step behind the curtain and see Jesus rip it GOOD! I get to ride the mystery bus from bad to GOOD. And I get the GOOD’s!

GOOD Friday is about preparing for the payoff, in which Jesus took my sin on Friday and said, “I’ve got this”!

As an illusionist, I understand the need for the “build up”. It leads people in one direction, only to bring amazement with the other hand. The build up is GOOD, because the GREAT is to follow.

Ephesians 1:7-9 puts it all in much better words:  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his GOOD pleasure, which he purposed in Christ”. NIV

So, I hope every year I wake up and wonder, “What’s so GOOD about GOOD FRIDAY?” and rediscover the mystery.