today is good friday. sometimes i wonder why they call it “good” friday when it pains my heart to think about what Jesus went through today, a couple thousand of years ago. for me, and for you. yet it also reminds me of what makes Christianity so beautiful and powerful is that Christ died on a cross and resurrected. there is life after death for all who choose to believe…
i am not here to push my beliefs on anyone. you do not have to keep reading. i’m here to share my love for christ with you. and if you can see that then you too will know that christ is real. and you too will know that he died for you and me. you too will know that he suffered immensely out of pure love for you.
he was scared leading up to this, he knew what it would mean, and how painful it would be.
“they went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, he said to them.” Mark 14: 32-34
sometimes we think this was easy for him because he is God’s son. forgetting that it troubled Jesus deeply thinking about what was to come. but he loved us so much he knew that his body had to have been broken as a living sacrifice for all of us to deserve something we never deserved.
what we cannot forget that this was sacrifice, a sacrifice that he didn’t need to make. and he made it because he loved us. he loved us so much that he let people mock him, spit on him, crown him with thorns and beat his body for hours until it was no longer recognizable. he loved us so much that he allowed himself to be crucified between criminals. he loved us so much that he allowed his body to be nailed to a cross, slowly gasping for each breath painfully until he breathed his last breath. this was not easy for the son of God. it was a sacrifice for all mankind. so that we could have eternal life, everlasting salvation, the victory over the enemy in all things. that we could have healing, hope, identity, purpose, and the chance to abide with Christ from this life to the next. because Christ died and he rose again. there is power in the cross, the cross is our way to heaven. without his death on the cross we could not enter. but Christ made a way, because he loved us. it is not by our good works, it is by the belief that Christ died and rose again.
“And they began to call out to him, Hail, king of the Jews! Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid to homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off purple robe and put his own clothes on him. They led him out to crucify him.” Mark 15: 18-20
his blood shed for us. innocently shed for us. beaten, broken, mocked before all for something that he was completely innocent of. all for us.
“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals. one on his right, and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:32-35
Christ gave himself up for us, but he gave us free will. this is not something that is forced upon us. we have the choice to believe or not. we have the choice to enter into relationship with him for eternity. there are no second chances, when you die that is it, there is no turning back, there is no going back. you have one life, one choice. Christ so desperately wants all of us to know him, to enter into relationship with him. he loved us more than we can imagine. just to meditate and think about all he sacrificed for us overwhelms my heart. the next verses that i am going to include below are my favorite verses that offer hope to all of us if we are still questioning this, or feel unsure.
” There was a written notice above him which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23: 38-43″
even until your last breath, you have a choice, and once you make that choice all sins are forgiven, yesterday, today and tomorrow, your sins are forgiven. you are a new creation in Christ. Jesus assured the man who believed that today he would be with him in paradise. because he loves us at our best moments and our worst, there is nothing we can do that can ever separate us from his love. so today would you allow these words to mediate on your heart, and in your mind. would you simply remember all that Christ sacrificed for us, all because he loves us. the story doesn’t end here, the story doesn’t end at the cross, it is where it begins.
he took it all to the cross, all of our sins so that we could live! so that we could have victory and authority in his name.
and they call it good friday.