Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

I tried to think of a good one-liner for a Facebook status update this Good Friday. Quips like “Happy Good Friday everyone” or “Have a good Good Friday” just weren’t working. Well, happy doesn’t quite work with the gravity of what we’re commemorating, right? And “good Good”—well, that’s not working either.

But Good Friday and Jesus’s sacrifice are good.

First of all, Jesus dying on the cross is very good because God oversaw and accomplished His good pleasure. (see Psalm 111:1-2; 115:3; Isaiah 53:10) All for us.

Second of all, Jesus’s sacrifice gives us life, abundant life. (see John 10:10)

Third, Jesus’s sacrifice took away the sins of the world (see John 1:29). The perfect atonement.

Fourth, Jesus made a way for us to be forgiven (have a guilt-free conscience) and rescued from condemnation (including damnation). By accepting His free gift, we are granted salvation. Heaven will be our future home.

Fifth, Jesus calls us friends. We gain friendship with the Creator, partnership with the ultimate Bridegroom. What a generous, kind and giving God we serve!

We hand over our bondage to Him and gain freedom.

We hand over our worries and gain peace.

We relinquish our sins and gain forgiveness.

We hand over our hearts and gain His.

We hand over our lives and receive abundant life.

That’s why Good Friday is good. So, good Good Friday, dear readers. Be blessed in Him today! He has made a way for you!

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