What Would Good Friday Look Like Without Generosity?
by John Richardson | March 27, 2013
What would Good Friday look like if Jesus had decided to take care of Himself – for just this one day?
If you are over the age of about 20, you have probably seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Let me rephrase that. If you’re over 20, you’ve probably seen the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” a ridiculous number of times. We know the story. We’ve wept with George Bailey and smiled as Clarence got his wings.
Spoiler alert! Just in case you have not memorized the movie yet, let me remind you of the plot. George Bailey has consistently given up his dreams in order to help others. But, after a series of hardships (including the loss of $8000 from his bank), he’s ready to commit suicide…on Christmas Eve. His friends pray for him and ultimately, the guardian angel Clarence comes to show George what the world would have been like without his life of generosity.
For a short time, fictional-George gets to see fictional-life without his fictional-generosity. But, what if we could see this in the midst of reality? What if we could see the world minus Jesus’s Good Friday generosity?
Spiritual Implications of Jesus's Generosity
As I have thought about that question, a few obvious things spiritual have come to mind:
I would guess that you could add to that list. If Jesus had been selfish – for just a few hours one Friday – the spiritual implications would have been huge.
Historical Implications of Jesus's Generosity
In addition to the spiritual implications, the historical ramifications would have been large as well:
All of those things were hinging on the decisions of Jesus on Good Friday. Each historical and spiritual issue was riding on the generosity of Jesus. And if He wanted to wreck the whole thing, all he had to do was say, “I’ve worked really hard to take care of others. So, today is my day. Today, I choose to take care of me – and to enjoy the fruits of this world. But, just for today.”
Good Friday matters.
And apparently generosity does as well.
To read more about Good Friday, see Eugene Cho’s article, “How Could it Possibly Be a Good Friday?” and for a slightly different perspective on Good Friday worship, see Skye Jethani’s article “Making Good Friday Better.”
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