My son asked me “What is Good Friday again?” He knows the story of Jesus and the meaning of Easter. He’s been taught his entire life about it yet I have to remind him every year what it means. He always responds with “oh yeah.” I think the part he can’t retain what is the “Good” in this Friday. As a child it’s hard to see the good when you talk about or celebrating someone dying by being nailed to a cross.
As I reflect on what Jesus did for us I am always in awe. I cannot imagine dying for a world that didn’t know me or that would hate and deny me. Then when I look at it from God’s seat, I would never send my one and only son to die for the people of this world. Wow what a love they have for us!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The love that God and Jesus showed us thousands of years ago is still living today. With that love comes a great inheritance. Everlasting life with God our father and all of those who believe in him. And in this everlasting life it’s a world of peace and great joy; perfect peace and joy.
We are all children of God, it’s the free will he has given us to accept Jesus into our hearts that will give us the path to God our Father’s gifts he has for us.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.
God not only has these gifts for us in heaven, but to have while we are here on this earth. He awaits to show you. Living with Jesus in your heart will change your life, mind, and spirit. And he died so that we could live.
I encourage you today to examine your heart and your mind. Thousands of years ago Christ was beaten, had to carry is own cross, and crucified for YOU. He loved YOU that much! Christ could have stopped at the first strike to him, at the 50th, or at the first nail into his hand. He didn’t because he wanted to spend forever with you. And if there was only YOU he still would have died; even for one. There is no greater love that can be given or shown.
So a Good Friday it is! Christ died, shed his blood to wash our sins away so that we could live forever with our heavenly Father. He carried my cross so that I wouldn’t have to. And he carried yours.