It’s Good Friday

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.”-1 Corinthians 15:3

I usually play a video about Why do we call Good Friday “good” but decided this time to take a different approach and maybe later I will share a video.  Good Friday was a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus and since Jesus died and was raised, we as Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the turning point for all creation.

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.-1 John 1:10  It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, showing the world His victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith. -Romans 6:5 Making the name Good Friday entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save His people from their sins and His great love for us.

Good Friday is “good” because it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus.-Romans 3:26 What I find awesome is the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.

The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 says “Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!”

The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands and His righteousness, coincided with His mercy.  How AWESOME IS THAT! Hebrews 12:2 says, “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Doesn't that make you want to Shout for Joy! Thank You Lord!

God showed us His love in giving His only Son for the redemption of sin. Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, and as sorrow is mingled with joy what happened on this day years ago it led to His Resurrection, Our Salvation, and The Beginning of God’s Reign of Righteousness and Peace. Hallelujah!!!

“For God So LOVED The World, That He GAVE His One and Only Begotten Son. That WHOSOEVER  Believes in Him will not perish but have Everlasting Life.” -John 3:16