The Joy of Good Friday
Good Friday is a day celebrated and a time of reflection by Christians across the world that believe Jesus Christ died on a cross to save us from our sins. If you type “Good Friday” into goggle the definition that you receive is “the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.” Well that’s the simple, non-explicit version or its the simple and nice way to put Good Friday. The more complex and horrible truth goes a little more like this. A man named Jesus who was holy, faultless, compassionate, loved endlessly, and showed mercy was nailed upon a cross. All because you, your family, your friends, your enemies, people you barley know, ME are all immensely imperfect, self center, greedy, lustful, liars, cheaters, impure, should I continue or do you get the point?
We are full of sin and because the devil lives and breathes on this earth Jesus had to pay the ultimate sacrifice for everything we have done and everything that we will do. He was willing to give his life, willing to be beaten, tortured, spit on, cursed at, humiliated, all for me, for you, for us… If you’re a Christian and you’re reading this you already know all those things, you know he died for you. You know your life is made whole because he set you free from all past, present, and future mistakes. But do you really know that? Have you really thought about what he did for you? Or are you just now thinking about it because it’s Good Friday and that’s what Christians are supposed to do?
Jesus had to pay the ultimate sacrifice for everything we have done and everything that we will do.
For the people that don’t believe, worship different gods, or just simply don’t care about religion, this day isn’t just a day for depression and sadness, you might even ask why we “celebrate” Good Friday, because it’s a disheartening day, right? How could we celebrate an event so evil and disturbing that happened to someone that was apparently “perfect”? Well to be honest this day is the reason we are no longer trapped and defined by every sin and wicked thing that we have done in our lives. This day takes away the pain we endure, it takes away feeling unloved or unappreciated, it takes away feeling like a failure or that you will never amount to anything. This does not mean that Christians go through life without struggles, temptations, failures, depression, or doubts; it simply means that we no longer have to suffer alone. Jesus loves us unconditionally and wanted a way for all of us to be free from the weight that sin holds of us. He did that by giving himself up willing to be crucified on a cross wearing a crown of thorns that pierced his skull even when the blood fell from his head and hit the ground he didn’t back down from the cross. While the nails were imbedded into the palms of his hands, while people cursed his name and mocked him he still took on the sins of the world, he took upon every sin single sin…
“But he was pierced for our rebellion crushed for our sins, He was beaten so we could be whole, He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
Grasping the fact that someone that never met me, was willing to take upon all my wrong doings, opens the eyes of my heart in ways that are indescribable . How could someone so perfect die for someone like me? How am I worthy, how am I qualified? That’s just it, this is why he did it. So we can be worthy, and qualified to live a life full of joy, full of love, full of being forgiven, and living for a purpose.
When I think of Jesus being on the cross I am brought to tears because it is the most uplifting and reassuring feeling to know that despite all of my mistakes and flaws he still calls me “his own”, he still wants a relationship with me, he still calls me worthy of all he has planned for my life. The same goes for you.. Good Friday and Easter are God’s love story for all of us, he was willing to give up his only son in order to save us. We now have the opportunity to be in heaven with him someday. I have no idea what you’re going through, the pain you’ve suffered, the guilt you feel, the rejection you’ve endured, or the disasters you’ve encountered but I do know that there is hope. There is hope and joy found in our holy majestic God. Even if you’re a Christian and you know all of what the Lord has to offer, it is always good to take the time to remember what he did for you.. He wants to show you his mercy, his grace, and wants to hold you in the palms of his nailed scared hands. He wants you to know that you are no longer alone. Every mountain top you are facing, every lightening and thunder storm that you are fighting to get through he is right by your side waiting for you to take that leap of faith, waiting for you to surrender fully and willing into his love and forgiveness. No sin is too great for him; no mistake is ever too “bad” for him to forgive you.
Every mountain top you are facing, every thunder and lightening storm that you are fighting to get through he is right by your side waiting for you to take that leap of faith, waiting for you to surrender fully and effortlessly into his love and forgiveness.
Your life is worth more than you can ever imagine and he wants to share his love with you in every way possible. You are free from the devil, you are free from your negative thoughts, you are free from that drink, you are free from what your coworkers thoughts, you are free from being impure, because there is forgiveness through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for you so he could save you from this destructive temporary home that we live in today. You have purpose, and finding the joy in Good Friday is where it all starts. This Easter don’t just celebrate Easter Sunday, celebrate the death of Christ, celebrate him breaking our shackles, rejoice in the fact that you have someone that has called you to live according to his purpose!
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time — to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9