Good Friday: The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
April 12, 2019 • Matthew 27:32-66
Has it ever seemed odd to you that Christians use the adjective “good” to describe the day of Christ’s gruesome death? Have you ever pondered that the cross, a very public means of killing political prisoners in Roman times, has now become the symbol of Christian faith? As Matthew retells the events of Jesus’ crucifixion and death in his gospel, he gives us the opportunity to dwell and reflect on the cursedness of the cross. In taking pause and not rushing past the cross, Matthew focuses our hearts and minds on the powerful spiritual and theological meaning of the cross and on how, indeed, his sacrifice is “good” news for us now and for our eternal life.