Good Friday is good because of what Christ’s death on the cross means to those whose trust is in Him- “tetelesti”- It is finished. The Psalm 23 walk is without fear through the the valley of the shadow of death because shadows cannot hurt us. We are instantly absent from this body and present with the Lord in death. He has purchased or redeemed us from darkness and forgiven all our sins that we might live a new life with Him in light.
The above photo taken by Douglas F. Frank brings the shadow of a cross onto the cracked walls of our lives. We need the redemptive life and death of a Savior because we live in cracked pots full of darkness, but taken over by the gleaming treasure of the Gospel in faith. Only the death of God’s Son Jesus can satisfy this debt and bring us into His light.
Hymnist Isaac Watts wrote At The Cross in 1707.
At the cross, at the cross,
Where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away -
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.
But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away -
'Tis all that I can do!
It is in giving all to Him because He has given all to us that we find life eternal. There is no other way. Wishing, works, relics and religion won’t do it, only the voluntarily sacrificed blood of Christ on the cross.
We should live in the shadow of the cross and His life changing power, not in fear but faith because of the price He paid. By grace we have been saved through faith, and this is a gift of God not of ourselves lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8 paraphrase). He has created us as His workmanship, also preparing the way for us to walk as we proceed in our new life in Him. This is the exchanged life, the transformed life, renewed in His blood, in the shadow of the cross where we should stay in praise.