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Good Friday. Really?

As Holy week continues we come to Good Friday.

    Ever wonder why it’s called “Good Friday”? I used to. Years ago, when I was young, I would look at the suffering and death of that day and wonder why call it “Good”? What could possible be consider good about the punches and whipping and torture endured in one day? The Bible tells us that Our Lord was abused far beyond any cinematic representation (except for possibly Mel Gibson The Passion).  The word tells us that they yanked out  fistfuls of Jesus’ beard and with it pieces of flesh. The whip they used wasn’t just strands of leather as we might see today. It had shards of metal (sometimes bones) braided onto it at the ends and would not just hit the surface of the skin but would dig into and rip off pieces of the flesh. Add to this list of abuses the punches of the soldiers as they mocked Him as well as the crown of thorns they placed on Him and the weight of the cross He had to carry threw the streets and we see an unimaginable amount of pain and suffering even before being nailed to a cross for hours and left to die.

Good Friday. Really?

Savior on the CrossCrucifixion was not a punishment that originated with the Jews or their judicial laws. Crucifixion was a brutal form of punishment that was common among the Romans. The Romans chose this mode of capital punishment to put fear in everyone who would stand against Rome and Roman laws. The Romans would choose a popular place in clear view, lest anyone else violate Roman law. Once the condemned prisoner was scourged he was brought naked to his cross beam, which he would carry publicly to the place of execution. Nails would then be pounded into his hands and feet and he would be raised up to an upright position, usually around 10 feet above ground. To hasten a prisoner’s death the Roman soldier would break the prisoner’s legs with an iron club. (Thanks to Bible-history.com)

Good Friday. Really?

Yes. Yes, it really was Good Friday!

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  John 18:37 NKJV

For this cause

“the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:9 NKJV

For this cause

 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem,and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day Matthew 16:21 NKJV

For this cause

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!John 1:29 NKJV

For this cause

He said, It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV

For this cause it is Good Friday indeed. Without the Life Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus we would all be left in our sins struggling to be free without hope or possibility of freedom.

His humiliation, His pain, His suffering, His death.

were all meant for ME!

I sinned, I rebelled, I acted out.

but He loved me.

and died

so I

might Live!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.

He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”. John 11:25 NKJV

It is a Good Friday indeed and I pray that all of us everywhere take a moment to day to Thank God for the Gift of his Son Jesus and Thank Jesus for taking our place on that cross and lastly, tell someone about the beauty of this Good Friday and how Jesus took their place!

Spring has sprung!

Spring John 11 25

Spring. Warmer longer nicer days. March Madness in affect and pitchers and catchers reporting for training in warmer southern states. Children’s thoughts turn to recesses and proms and the soon end of school days. It’s time for Spring cleaning, Spring plantings, Spring flowers and even the putting away of the Winter clothes. We come out of whatever type of Winter we may have had and look out onto the hopeful horizon of Summer threw the eyes of Spring. We are happy that it’s here and walk with a spring in our step (forgive the pun) and a song in our heart. As we should.

Spring is God’s way of reminding us of the resurrection. Spring reminds us that we planted tulip bulbs that were long forgotten by the months of Fall leaves and Winters snow. Buried beneath the cold hard ground they were there all along. Waiting, quietly, for the time to be just right so they could come up and stand tall in the warm light of the Sun. Likewise, this is our hope – if we trust in Him Who said, as He sat near a well, to a woman with a troubled past – ” I am the Resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25 NKJV

This world is not our home and when we die it will not be over. When we die “it” will have only just begun. “It” is Eternity and this life, however long, will be a millisecond compared with the eternity that awaits us all. Where we spend that eternity and what we are resurrected into (life or damnation) is entirely up to us. Jesus came from Heaven and walked this earth to teach us the truth about life and to save us from our sins. Trusting in Him and His sacrificial death on the cross means that when this body dies we will still live. We will live on instantly after death with Him in heaven in our spirit form and we will live in our resurrected bodies when the Lord raises us up. Unfortunately, this will not be the fate for all of humanity. While the invitation may be open to all, not everyone will RSVP.

Your invitation has been sent. It has your name written in gold leaf lettering. It has a raised official stamp next to the hosts’ signature at the bottom so accept no imitations. It has no expiration and is non-transferable but you should reply quickly.  This invitation is for the feast of the centuries. It’s taken thousands of years to plan. The costs are covered by your host who paid for it all with his blood, sweat and tears – gladly! Most importantly – He did it for YOU! He waits for your reply. Won’t you accept His invitation to be brought up out of the cold hard ground we call this earthly life and stand tall in the warm light of the Son for all eternity.