Was the crucifixion of Jesus a “good” thing?

Was the crucifixion of Jesus a good thing?

As the Christian world celebrates Good Friday, this is a short piece for those who may not know what the holiday memorializes.

On Good Friday, Christians are encouraged to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Political Reasons for His Crucifixion

Jesus was a threat to the established order of the Roman system in Palestine. Josephus was a Jewish historian living around the time of Jesus. He tells us that the Roman government had appointed Jewish religious leaders and priests. Their job was to oversee the security of the Jewish people as they lived under Roman occupation. They were entrusted to keep the peace at all cost.

In their ancient Scriptures, the Jews were promised that a king would arise from among them and re-establish their kingdom. This anticipated king was also known as Messiah (2 Samuel 7:12-13).

Many books have been written with all the details. To keep things ridiculously short, the Jewish leaders appointed by Rome protected their jobs and status by ensuring this potential Messiah was killed. Crucifixions like that happened regularly in their society. The people began to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, so these leaders had to take Him out.

The Spiritual Significance of the Crucifixion

Christians believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He did establish an eternal Kingdom here on earth, the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”, meaning it was not about geography. He started a community of faith and love that anyone could join. The Crucifixion was the turning point that opened the door for us to join this Kingdom.

Why Is It Called “Good” Friday?

Christians also believe that the death of Jesus was a death penalty paid on our behalf. While the people didn’t sentence and execute Jesus to provide something of spiritual significance, God used it as such. The Scriptures teach that our rebellion against God by our bad moral choices create a void we cannot overcome. God chose to become human (Jesus) and pay our death penalty, a swap. He wanted us to see an actual death penalty so we would understand our forgiveness, not doubt God’s love for us, and live a guilt-free life. “Look, I am paying a DEATH PENALTY for you. Stop trying to earn your forgiveness.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” -Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—” ‭‭-Colossians‬ ‭1:19-22‬

The above passages lay out why the Crucifixion was a good thing for us. Through the death of Jesus, God made peace with humanity.

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