by Tim O’Hare
Today is Good Friday. A day where Christians around the globe take time to stop, remember and reflect on the very center of our faith, our world — Christ’s death on the cross.
What is “good” about the death of the Man on whom the Christian faith is centered?
What makes it good is the why behind His death. And what happened after He died.
The death of Jesus was the sacrifice for our sin. Every shameful, wrong, or hurtful thought, word, action. The sin that separates us from God. Christ’s death was the sacrifice for it all.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed.’” – 1 Peter 2:24
His death on the cross was the bridge that makes a way between us and a holy, righteous, perfect God.
And the best part about Good Friday? We know it doesn’t end there.
But on that day over two thousand years ago, the world may not have known. His enemies believed they had finally brought an end to this Man who had caused such a disruption. The Enemy thought he had won.
But Good Friday was only the beginning. Sunday was coming.
We remember and honor Good Friday because we know we have Sunday to celebrate. Sunday — the day Jesus defeated sin and death. The day He overcame evil. The day He rose from the grave.
Jesus is ALIVE, and because of His death and His resurrection, we have grace. We have forgiveness. We, too, can triumph over sin and death.
Do you believe?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
God gave so we can live. Now and forever more. And all you have to do is believe and confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord to receive this free gift.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Today truly is a GOOD Friday!