Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

One of my favorite songs is "In Christ Alone" because it is such a sweet reminder of the Gospel and all that Jesus has done for us.

So what is the significance of Good Friday?

Followers of Jesus set aside time on Good Friday to acknowledge the weight of what Jesus did on the cross - enduring a horrifying death for sins that he did not commit so that ultimately, God's redemption story for His people could take place.

Jesus gave everything so that we could have what we do not deserve.

He saved us when we couldn't save ourselves, even while we were still sinners.

The punishment for our sins is death, which we deserve for all the wrong we have committed and will commit in our lifetimes. God, who is righteous, perfect, and holy, cannot be in relationship with unholiness. And so, Jesus became fully human so that he could live a perfect life, die as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and then rise again in victory to keep loving and forgiving us, over and over. Jesus bridged the gap between us and a holy, perfect God so that we could live in relationship with Him forever.

The enormity of His love and power never ceases to amaze me.

It is the greatest love story every told. Because of His great love for us, His children, Jesus died so that we could have life. He paid our debt so that we don't have to.

All I can do in response is fall at His feet, receiving His boundless grace that I am so unworthy of, and love Him with all my heart and soul. I give my life back to Christ because it is all because of Him. This life does not make sense apart from Jesus. His grace has transformed my life, and my story is ultimately God's story. Once you have experienced the relentless pursuit of our incredible God and tasted His love and goodness, there is no turning back.

I pray, dear friend, that you experience the depth of His love for you. I pray that we allow the weight of Good Friday to reach the core of our hearts, so that we begin to understand more fully how loved and redeemed we are. Nothing else makes sense in this life that we have been given if God is not the center and end goal. Seek life with Him, and you will always have everything you need.

A life with Christ is not easy - we are promised that trials and struggles will come. But, with the Holy Spirit always with you, and the God of the universe as Your Father, nothing will be impossible. He is faithful, worthy of our trust, and always working for the good of those who love Him. You can be assured that God will never allow you to endure anything that He cannot use for good.

And so, it is a Good Friday indeed.

In His Grace,

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