Happy Easter weekend to you! I pray that you have a blessed time reflecting upon the death and resurrection of our Savior. May you know the hope of your own resurrection, because of His.

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This past week, on April Fool’s Day, we celebrated the first anniversary of the release of two beautiful books:

Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker, and

Warrior in Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community, and the God Who Comforts by Vivian Mabuni.

I had the privilege of reviewing both books last year at this time, and would highly recommend each of them! You can find my reviews here and here — then go ahead and treat yourself to a little Easter gift, eh?

 

 

This week I get to share a fantastic new FMF Intro video with you, in which Asheritah from OneThingAlone.com interviews Karrilee Aggett.

You’ll see in the video that Karrilee is a pro at encouraging others, and if you’ve been part of the Five Minute Friday community for any length of time, you’ve likely been blessed by her enthusiasm and kindness!

If you can’t see the video, click here.

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

FMF - good

 

Roll up your sleeves, set aside your cup of tea, and let’s write.

GO.

Every year around this time, our pastor in Cape Town preaches a sermon two days before Easter. The title is often the same:

“What’s so good about Good Friday?”

It’s a question I used to wonder myself.

What’s so good about the day Jesus died? Wasn’t it a day of tremendous sadness? Why, then, should we call it good?

What’s so good about a man in agony, sweating drops of blood into the ground as he knelt down to pray?

What’s good about the harsh betrayal of a close friend, a betrayal that would lead to death?

What’s good about the mocking, the beating, the repeated insults endured by the Son of God? The nails, pounded into raw flesh? How could any of those atrocities be labeled as good?!

The day Jesus hung on the cross can be called Good Friday because of the last words he breathed:

“It is finished.”

The curtain tore in two, from top to bottom. From heaven down to earth, access has been granted. Sin no longer separates those who accept the glorious gift of forgiveness, made possible only by the suffering of the Son.

The punishment we deserve has been nailed to the cross, once and for all.

It is finished.

Glory to God. For He is good.

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37 thoughts on “five minute friday :: good {and a brand new video!}

  1. It is good because it reflects the finished work of Jesus. Just like when God looked over His finished creation and declared it good, so Jesus finished the work of salvation and so it is good. Sad, but good.

    That’s partially why Easter is my favorite holiday!

  2. […] This post is part of Five Minute Fridays, where bloggers all over the internet get together and write on a one word prompt for 5 minutes, without editing or backtracking and commenting on the post before yours.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  You can find more information over at Kate’s blog.  […]

  3. Kate, I love your pastor’s take on “Good” Friday. As we head into Easter weekend, may we all remember what GOOD gifts Jesus gave us in hanging on that cross . . . and rising three days later. He truly is Good beyond measure. As your post shares.

    Beautifully written, as usual. 🙂

  4. Kate,

    “The day Jesus hung on the cross can be called Good Friday because of the last words he breathed:

    “It is finished.”

    Yes! Hallelujah, Christ arose!
    Thank you again for taking over the fmfparty. I am new this year, but have found such joy and the prompts are so often timely. Just last night, my heart was led to consider our enemy is “up to no good”, and in contrast, God is “up to all good”. He is capable of nothing else but good. I was excited to see the word “good” for the prompt as He’d already brought me there.

    Thank you again!!!
    love,
    Tammy (sincerity and hope)

  5. So “good” to call you friend. Thank you for sharing truth and also thanks for letting me know about the High Calling linkup too. Worked a little overtime to blend the two linkups.:)

  6. So good to know that in Capetown, your pastor preaches on “What’s so good about Good Friday.” Good to know that the Good News is being preached all over the world. And that God works all things together for our good. Thanks for your prompt and for your words today, Kate.

    • Yes, that was one thing that totally amazed me when I first arrived in Africa, Betsy — the same truth half way around the world! God is faithful! Happy Easter to you and yours!

  7. […] tomorrow and Resurrection Morning (before or after church!) for our final conclusion. (It is also Five Minute Friday! Join Kate to see what others had to say about the word prompt […]

  8. The world’s only true good news… “It is finished.” Amen! Loved your post, Kate-especially this line: “Sin no longer separates those who accept the glorious gift of forgiveness, made possible only by the suffering of the Son.” Praise God!
    Have a Blessed Easter!

  9. […] FMF prompt: good. i think last night, i fell asleep before 2. maybe. i kept listening to how silent the world can get & then asking Jesus for help, because  without the music. But  in my ears, every fear comes back. the fear of death. the fear of the dark. then i tell him if I don’t get sleep, i’m going to be loopy. and then: you don’t change like shifting shadows. this is all light to you. […]

  10. Kate, you continue to bless me each week. I love what you have written. I also wrote on Good Friday and the death of Jesus. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Thanks for all that you do for the FMF community!

  11. […] Today I’m linking up once again with the Five Minute Friday crowd.  FMF provides a prompt word every Friday, then we write, for five minutes, no editing, no holds barred, just write whats on our heart.  Today is Wednesday and I know I am late but its not yet the next Friday so why not?  The rule is a prompt word is provided and we write….for five minutes, no editing, just real and raw.   Then post and go back and encourage the prior post.  The link is:  http://katemotaung.com/2015/04/02/five-minute-friday-good-and-a-brand-new-video/ […]

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