Friday, April 14, 2006

GOOD FRIDAY?

It is interesting to me that today is called Good Friday. How is it that the brutal, heinous, inhumane murder of an innocent man can be called good? How is it that the crucifixion, one of the cruelest ways ever invented for a man to die can be called good? No one who would have been there watching Jesus die that day would have thought of it as a good day. Yet we persist in calling it good. How can that be?

Well let me begin with the understanding that the goodness of the day is dependent upon the perspective with which you see it. It is good to God, because that was the day that sin and death and Satan himself were publicly defeated. Jesus Christ bleeding, suffering and dying at the cross was the public display of His paying for the sins of all that were His. The wrath of God that should have been poured out for all eternity on sinners was taken by Jesus at the cross. So for God, Father Son and Holy Spirit it was a great day as the glory of God was shown. It also was a good day for all of those who would believe on Christ. For everyone past present and future who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the payment and forgiveness of their sins it was not a good day, but a great one.

But it was not Good Friday for many others. For all of those who would reject Jesus Christ it was not a good day, in fact it was a day where they were condemned forever. The cross is the condemnation for all who will never believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. The cross is the condemnation for all who would believe they could earn their way into Gods favor. The cross and the resurrection on that Sunday proves that Jesus Christ is the only way the only truth and the only life, that there is no other way to the Father.

So the question today is, do you see this as Good Friday or not? Your eternity is in the answer to that question!

blog you later,
pastor tom