Today is Good Friday. It seems a bit odd that we would call it good. In fact, if the first disciples 2,000 years ago could hear us call it “Good”, they would think that we were enemies of Jesus not fellow disciples. We call it good because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. He died the death we were to die so that we can live the life that we are called to live. However, Good Friday is not just about the Crucifixion of Jesus, but also the rejection of Jesus. Jesus was charged with blasphemy (claims of being God) and insurrection (claims of being King). The Crucifixion was not just about the death of Jesus, but the rejection of him as God and King.
He was rejected as God
He was rejected as King.
This by itself is more than enough grief and tragedy to be contained in one day. However, this wasn’t the first time that God had been rejected as King. One of the great Old Testament truths is that God is the King of Israel. However, in 1 Samuel 8, Israel asks for a king “like all the other nations” and in doing so they reject God as their king.
1 Samuel 8:5b-7
“Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
The story of Christmas is that the rejected King has retuned!
The story of Good Friday is that He is rejected again!
The story of Easter is that once again the King returns!
Good Friday is not just about God being rejected as king, but God being rejected as king AGAIN! It is safe to leave the rejection of God as King as an ancient Israel issue, as a first century Jewish/Roman issue, but it continually finds its way back confronting us on Good Friday. Our kingdom has waged war on God’s Kingdom and as A.W. Tozer states “We are all usurpers sitting on a stolen throne”. So what will you do with this Good Friday? Will you continue to reject Jesus as King? Or will you embrace him as both God and King?
Although we have all at some point rejected God as King, He has not rejected us. Jesus came as King to call us into his Kingdom. However, Jesus did more than just call us into the Kingdom, he also made a away for us to enter. Ironically enough it was his rejection as God and King that made a way for us to enter the Kingdom and worship him as God. May this Good Friday be “Good” because the rejected King has taken his rightful throne in our world and in our life.