Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him…” John 19:16b-18a
Good Friday is really good for those who have come to the foot of the cross of Jesus, in repentance and faith. It is a commemoration for Christians of the ultimate and final sacrifice for the sins of the world. Through a cruel and grueling death, Christ gave His life with His body wreathed in pain, so the sick could be healed. He felt abandonment, so the rejected could be accepted. He knew no sin, but became sin, so sinners could be forgiven, and experience the love of God continually, and be one as He and the Father have been since the beginning of time itself.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Oh what salvation and love the Lord’s life consummated on Calvary. Oh what forgiveness as His raspy voice reiterated. Oh what compassion that His swollen face communicated. Oh what grace that His nail pierced hands activated. Oh what good news His nail pierced feet initiated. Oh what humility His crown of thorns demonstrated.

It is Good Friday, because the good news of Jesus Christ’s love and forgiveness has been proclaimed around the world for almost two millennium. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is good on Friday, but He is great on resurrection day because on the first day of the week He rose from the dead. Friday is good, but three days later is better, for He lives. Indeed, some who killed Him instantly recognized Him for who He was they believed.

“And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, Surely this man was the son of God” (Mark 15:39)

Good Friday’s come and Good Friday’s go, but how is it with your soul? Does the cross of Christ move you to emotion are you a grateful and engaged follower of Jesus? If not, embrace and celebrate the work of the Cross, that freed us that we might recieve the promised Holy Spirit, as well as salvation simple full and free. Ask your heavenly Father to restore the joy of your salvation, or maybe, you are coming to Him for the first time in faith and trust. Surely, this man must be the Son of God who came to save you and the world from their sins.

Make today a meaningful memory of what your master Jesus did for you. Linger long in reflection of the love that flowed down, and mingled with His precious blood. See His hands, see His feet; oh what love that makes your joy complete. You serve a risen Savior, who’s in the world today He walks with you He talks with you He gave His life just for you. Good Friday is good because Jesus is good and His cross is God’s loving gift to us all.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

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