Odd, isn’t it? That there exists a holiday that celebrates a murder and we call it Good?
As I pondered this day I took some time to consider Hebrews 9:24-28. My pastor has taught and demonstrated that it’s helpful to outline passages to really understand the flow of thought. So having done that for the Hebrews 9 passage here is the key thought that emerged:
Christ has entered…into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
…he has appeared once for all…to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time…to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:24-28, ESV)
This is why we call good that day when the world witnessed the greatest evil. The Son gave himself up. Sin has been defeated. And a day is surely coming when all will be good again. We oddly celebrate this death because we know the good that follows. And so we wait. Eagerly. Eager to show just how good that day, and more importantly, the One who gave himself on that day, really is.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14, ESV)