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Eugene Cho: How Could It Be a Good Friday?

Good Friday

Why is Good Friday “good?”  How could it possibly be good?

•In a culture that is ever so quick to get to the product

•In a culture that is ever so quick to avoid suffering and pain and seek ways to medicate ourselves to avoid pain

•In a culture that is ever so quick to jump to the bunnies and eggs

•In a culture that is ever so quick to commercialize, capitalize, and consumerize

•In a culture that is ever so quick to jump to the good news of Easter Sunday and Resurrection

•In a culture that is ever so quick to minimize the extent of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion

•In a culture that is ever so quick to ‘disneyize’ the events of the brutal death of a man

•In a culture that is ever so quick to grab hold of grace as if we are entitled to it

Today matters.
Good Friday matters.
His death matters.

So let’s not be so quick to bypass this day. There’s a reason that in the Christian tradition Good Friday and its service is considered the longest and darkest day of the year.

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Let it be long.  Let it be dark.  Let it be silent.

Let it be uncomfortable. Death is always uncomfortable–especially when we’re complicit in this death.

While the good news of our beauty is clearly exemplified in the glorious news of the Resurrection…the depths of our darkness and depravity are also exposed in the last days of Jesus’ life and crucifixion.

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Eugene Cho is the co-founder (with his wife) and executive director of One Day's Wages — "a movement of People, Stories, and Actions to alleviate extreme global poverty." He is also the founding and lead pastor of Quest Church and the founder and executive director of Q Cafe — a non-profit community cafe and music venue in Seattle. Follow Eugene on Twitter or his personal blog.