Every Friday is good! It’s typically the start of the weekend and the end of a long week of work right? After all the term TGIF involves thanking God for every Friday. So Fridays are good because as long as it is “today” it’s a day the Lord has made and we can rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (ESV)
But what makes Good Friday so special? Well, it’s the day the worldwide Christian church collectively remembers the sacrifice of Jesus in anticipation of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We currently live in his reward and we live in his joy but do we ever take time to feel and reflect on the magnitude of his sacrifice? The passion of his suffering? That’s what Good Friday is all about.
With every fist blow Jesus was receiving the reward for your sin on his body. With every snap of the whip he was enduring the penalty of your sins. With every thorn that sliced his scalp he was removing every sinful thought you’ve had from your record in heaven. With every inch he covered carrying the cross he was covering your sin and carrying your forgiveness. With every nail forced through his body he was removing your need to suffer the deep personal effects of sin and death. When he breathed his last breath he knew the payment for the cosmic offense of sin was complete. It is finished.
Yes, Good Friday is indeed good because Jesus "in-deed" did a good work on your behalf. On this day we remember his deed of paying for the sins of the world, and that is definitely a good thing. So, on Good Friday April 14th, join us at our come and go service from 6pm to 8pm. Let’s remember the sacrifice of Jesus together and with thankful hearts anticipate the celebration of his resurrection.
Isaiah 53:2-6 (MSG)
The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.