What is Good Friday?
The Friday before Easter Sunday. The day that Christ was crucified. It is a very important day in the Christian faith. It is the set up for the resurrection. As I reflect upon the events that are chronicled in scripture leading up to Christ’s death, I am deeply touched by His sacrifice. Jesus had a mission to fulfill and He was more than willing to do it. Why? Because of His love for us. For mankind. So we could be reconciled to God.
I recently watched the movie, Son of God and was reminded of the humanness of Jesus. He was divine, yes. But he was also a man. He felt physical and emotional pain like the rest of us.
Despite knowing what lied ahead of Him, the suffering and death, He moved forward anyway. That’s not to say He didn’t struggle some. As mentioned in Luke 22:42, we see Jesus going off to pray. At one point asking God the Father if it was His will, to “remove this cup” from Him. Meaning to change the current plan.
I believe in His humanness, He didn’t want to have to suffer such a death, but ultimately He knew this was the will of the Father and He willingly went forward with the plan. *
His Love and Sacrifice
The fact, that His humanness was so apparent at that time, moved me. It made me feel even more connected to God. And that was precisely part of His plan. Jesus coming to earth as a man, to live like us, to feel like us is one of the reasons why He can understand when we go through sufferings in our lives.
Now, His sufferings and ours are likely very different, but pain is pain. Hurt is hurt. Jesus was betrayed by a friend, chased after by His enemies, denied and abandoned by his close companions and brutalized unjustly to the point of death. Despite all of this, Jesus’s overwhelming love for us and The Heavenly Father compelled Him to complete His mission. And because of that crucifixion and death on the cross, we are able to have Easter Sunday. The day our Lord conquered death and was risen. He promised us that because He lives we can live also. Live eternally after our life on this earth is over.
How? It is simple really. He asks us to confess that we are sinners (that we live in a manner that at times is unpleasing to God and against His will). That we believe what Jesus did on the cross and that He is indeed the Son of God. By doing this and acknowledging that He is our Lord and Savior, we begin a new life in Christ.
On this Easter Sunday, I encourage you to seek God and as He promises you will find Him. **
I pray many blessings to you and yours today and everyday!
*Luke 22:41-43 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
**Jeremiah 29:1313 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.