The writer of Psalm 49 wisely writes “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him. The ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough…”(vss.7-8) We like to think that we are capable people, and we are, in areas where God has given us talents and abilities. We like to say that we are not really bad people, and we aren’t. Many do worse things than we do. Yet as the psalmist says no payment that we can make of ourselves is ever enough. We make our own judgments about who is worthy, and who isn’t, but we all stand in the brilliant light of God’s holiness. And in that overwhelming light all of our unworthiness is exposed and we are separated from God. The ransom for a life is more costly that we can possibly imagine or ever pay. Yet, God, in His great mercy, reached down to us, paying that price on our behalf. On a hill called “the skull” outside the city of Jerusalem our lives were redeemed. The death of God’s Son was the only payment that was enough. And that is why this is called Good Friday.