The day that Jesus Christ was beaten and nailed to a cross is considered “good”.
Insert Good Friday.
If you’ve ever lost someone you love, you know that the date they left this Earth does not feel good. It’s actually the opposite. Downright heartbreaking.
Which is what all of the people closest to Jesus were feeling as they watched him die on that cross.
They didn’t understand why this was happening. Why God was allowing this to happen.
He was dead and buried in a tomb. I’m sure their grief was unbearable. By all accounts in the natural, it was over. He had been defeated.
Their Lord was gone. They must have felt abandoned. Alone.
What would they do now that he was gone? How would they carry out the mission that Jesus had given them? I am sure the weight of all of this was agonizing and left them feeling heartbroken and hopeless.
Their hope was in Jesus. And now he was gone.
We know that he did not stay in that tomb forever.
We know that death did not defeat Jesus Christ.
Which is why today is Good Friday.
It is good because it is holy. His death was to save us from our sins. And if you really take the time to reflect on this, you will realize it is absolutely good and holy- and the biggest act of love that could ever be shown.
He died for YOU.
The you that you were before you were saved.
He died for you, already knowing every mistake you’d make.
He died for every part of you. Not just the filtered versions you choose to show the world.
Jesus Christ took those beatings, withstood insurmountable pain for the worst parts of you. Every part of you.
He died for the you that you’re ashamed of.
He didn’t just die for the you that you are on your good days. He died for the you that you are on your worst days.
He died for the person that you were in your past. He died for the person you are now. He died for the person you are yet to become.
Can you even imagine a love like that?
A love that would die such a painful, cruel death for you?
May today be a good day. A day for you to reflect on everything Jesus did for YOU on this day. May it bring the realization that He is GOOD.
And may Easter be a day of even more reflection. A day for you to remember and truly grasp what it cost God to save YOU from your sins.
It cost God His Son.
When God created the world, He spoke it into existence. But when He redeemed the world it was with the precious blood of Jesus…which poured out for YOU.
You are so loved. Beyond what you can even comprehend.
“Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning.
But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.”
1 John 3:6-9 NLT
You are a child of God. He died for you. He was thinking of YOU when he took on death.
I pray that you will let go of your pains and your sins and hand it all over to Him.
I pray that you will ask God to come live inside of you so that you can finally experience what true love feels like.
He loves you so much that he doesn’t control or manipulate you into choosing him. You have total free will.
He lovingly pursues you over and over. I pray you’ll finally answer him today. I pray you’ll ask him to come live in your heart and I pray you’ll ask for forgiveness of your sins.
There is so much more to life than a life covered in sin. That’s exactly why he died for you- to save you from this life and give you a life of peace, love and JOY.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
Run to him. He is waiting with open arms. No matter what you’ve done. No matter where you’ve been.
You can be forgiven.
His blood was shed for ALL of YOU.
He is GOOD.
Happy Good Friday ❤️