Fridays are nearly a national holiday. Opportunities for our TGIF offers can be seen everywhere in an effort to lighten up our weekend. Friday after Friday people make their way to places where friends gather and happiness is felt… at least that is the goal.
Many families have Friday family night. It is a time to be together doing something they enjoy. Whether bonding in an activity or visiting over a homemade dinner it is an opportunity to celebrate one another.
Friday’s often bring sporting events whether it be our athlete or taking in another competition. During basketball season we have 3 or 4 months of Friday games that test our team’s strength and bring clarity to what the rest of the season holds.
Then there was that other Friday…the one we remember today. The one that brings clarity to Christ's purpose and the one most celebrated. It happened more that 2000 years ago and we call it “Good Friday”. It is the time we take pause to reflect on the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - the only Son of God – was cruelly nailed to a cross for the sins of this world. That Friday included taunting shouts of disdain…
Bystanders shouted: “Come down from the cross if you are the Son of God!”
Religious leaders insisted: “He saved others but he can’t save himself.”
Soldiers jeered: “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus...it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words,"Father forgive them for they know not what they do". Robert G. Trache
Today we whisper grateful prayers of thankfulness for that Friday. For it was this sacrificial event that paid the way for a personal relationship with our Creator. Now we can unswervingly say along with those who walked this earth with Jesus ….
“Surely this man was the Son of God.” Matthew 27:54 NIV
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
HIS PERCEIVED END BROUGHT OUR PAID-IN-FULL BEGINNING
Because I believe, He has taken away the separating sin in my life replacing it with his Holy Spirit and an eternal promise of life with Him forever. It is my hope that you have done the same.
"Jesus’ final act on earth was intended to win your trust." Max Lucado
May today be more than just ANOTHER FRIDAY as you trust Him…blessings.
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