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::Devotional:: ‘Good Friday’

April 2, 2010

I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t think Fridays are good but this Friday is even better.  Today is Good Friday and is a part of the Holy Week celebration of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is a time for celebration and excitement!

There are several opinions of what day of the week Jesus actually died and was buried but the important thing to understand is that we have marked Good Friday as the day to acknowledge that sacrifice.  It is a time for celebration because through Jesus’ blood we have been liberated from our captivity to sin.  By his wounds we have been healed and by his punishment we have been brought peace.  The wrath of God was poured out on the Son of God so the sons of man would no longer be objects of the wrath of God.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:3-6

As my old football coach used to say, “if that doesn’t get you fired up your wick must be wet.”

Good Friday is not a celebration of the torture Jesus had to endure but it is a celebration of why he willing endured it.  The Bible says that our celebration and remembrance of this act of love will serve to keep us motivated against the difficulties and struggles we face.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:2-4

It’s easy too look upon the tragedy and torture of that night and forget the rest of the story; we have been healed!

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.  1 Peter 2:24

Truly, it is a Good Friday!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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