“Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen” (2 Timothy 2:14 NIV).
Today, the day that is commonly referred to as Good Friday by traditionalists, has been the source of many conversations and arguments. The quarrel over words is because of the “rising in three days” and in which various scholars and theologians cannot come to terms over the time frame from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection.
Here’s a thought. Why should anyone in relationship with God care about the time frame? What we should care most about is understanding that He came, He was crucified and died for our sins, and rose again and is now sitting at the right hand of His Father.
The reason most cannot agree about a time frame that aligns with The Word is because they are trying to reduce the events to a lower level of understanding–understanding which is marred by historians and the means and methods of recording events in an actual timeline by which most of us can understand. We tend to equate all time by what we know and we know that “time, days, months, years” in times past, do not coincide with the methodology used today to determine “time of events.”
So, I’m not really interesting in celebrating a “Good Friday” which was certainly not a good day, but I do contemplate what life would be like if Jesus had not submitted to His Father’s Will. For that reason, instead of making a lot hoopla over which day He died, we should spend more time in reflection about what our lives would be like, if He had not died. That is a cause for thanksgiving, not argument.
To each his own and I’m sure that is exactly how the day will be acknowledged. I’m going to be spend the day resting, contemplating, and praising Him for loving me enough to die for me–no matter what day it is or what day it happened–and thanking Him for doing it. And on Sunday, I’ll celebrate the fact that He rose from the dead–keeping His Word–and giving me access to the Throne–without the mediation of man.
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to truly develop understanding of Your Word without quarreling over words so we might honor all You have done for us.