April 6, 2012

Good Friday is good because...


Some people ask the question "How can Good Friday be good, considering what Jesus went through?" 

Welllll, here are some reasons that come to my mind:

~ Jesus had to die because it was the plan from the foundation of the world:  "All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:8


~ Jesus went to the Cross in order to be the blood sacrifice for sin, including my sin:  "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."  I John 1:7   

"But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance."  Hebrews 9:11-15 


~ Jesus died so that we would enter into a proper relationship with the Creator of our lives, and one day spend eternity with Him:  "Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father."  Ephesians 2:11-18 

And, as Christians, we need to always remember that it was because of what we have done, because of our sins, that Jesus had to die!  That should make us even more grateful, even more passionate about pursuing holy living, even more excited about sharing Jesus with the lost, dying and hurting of this world.  It is God's goodness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).  

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished!

Thank you Jesus for going to the Cross for MY sin, for MY salvation, so that I would have hope, peace, joy and the opportunity to spend eternity praising Your name!  Because of Your death, I have life!  Hallelujah! What a Savior, praise You Jesus.

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