Tomorrow is Good Friday, but in looking at it with nothing more than a quick glance there is nothing good about it. How can death–a brutal and vicious one at that, be good? A Jewish man, considered by most to be six eggs short of a dozen, was going to be crucified. Not just crucified–but mocked, ridiculed, beaten and stripped bare. This, my friends, was no normal crucifixion. This was a crucifixion laden with unbearable pain, agony and grief. And yet–He did bear that pain and He did so out of His divine love.
Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Christ Jesus wasn’t just a Jewish man. He was God in the flesh! He was born to die. And because of His death, on our behalf, we have the right to become sons and daughters of the Most High God and get this–never perish.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12).
We will all face death in this lifetime because sin entered the world (thanks, Adam and Eve), and changed the course of history. What was exquisite no longer was. One day of living here and we can each testify to the sorrow we see and the pain we experience. This world is broken and we cannot get through this life on our own strength. Yes, we can try and sometimes we do pretty well. So well, in fact, we think we have no need for God. But we are empty, mere shells, until we see the Cross and the Christ who shed His blood on it for what and Who He is. He, the One who lived a sinless life, became sin for us and paid the price for us! And do you know what Jesus said in His final moments? He said “It is finished!” Done. The word in Greek means to be paid in full. And guess what? Since it is paid in full, when you believe in Christ, you are in right standing with God. You owe Him nothing other than to trust that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
Jesus is the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies and proves Himself time and again. The One and Only God. No amount of doing good will win you a ticket to eternity.–because not one of us is good–and you know it. Perhaps by the world’s standards some seem pretty incredible, but this world is not our home and there is only One who matters. We all will have a dash representing the end of our time here but what happens after that will reflect whether we believed in Jesus or not. He wants you FOREVER and there is NOTHING you can do because IT IS FINISHED. The payment was made–not in part, but in full and you, when you simply accept the lavish grace and love of Christ, are saved.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God who made the world has a plan for you, for me, and for every person. Oftentimes people get lost and miss out on the marvelous beauty of redemption and restoration because they get distracted and even angered over the reality of hell. Many go so far as to say a loving God could not send people to hell. But I think of it this way–God is such a gentleman and loves people so much He allows them to have what they chose during their earthly life. He wants everyone to know Him, but to those who don’t want anything to do with Him on this side of eternity, He allows that decision to continue for all eternity. But it’s not because He is spiteful. He is anything but. He is LOVE. He is just. He is righteous. He died for everyone and desires everyone live for Him!
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
He made you. He knows you. He wants every part of you. Do you want to know Him?
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:20-21).
Tomorrow is Friday. There is nothing good about what Jesus went through. But what it means for us–to those who believe–it is more than good. God defeated death. Satan doesn’t win. The story of sin didn’t end in The Garden. The tomb, friends, was empty. Jesus is Risen. He is alive. And you can be too!!!
And He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)