I haven’t written in days, and I’m going crazy… I wanted, so badly, to write up a brand-new Good Friday post, but I don’t think I can muster the brain power. So, enjoy this one from a couple of years ago – and consider meeting this man they called the Christ for yourself.
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Today is Good Friday. On this day, about 2000 or so years ago, a man suffered the horrific death of crucifixion on a Roman cross. This man was Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. I am here to proclaim the Lord’s death to you.
We celebrate his death because through Jesus’ death, we receive life. We remember in gratitude the ultimate price paid by a God of Love for our every sin. There is nothing and no one that he did not die for. There is nothing standing between you and intimacy with God except your sin, which can be washed away in a moment if you will just place your trust in Jesus to do so.
“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.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
~ Isaiah 53:4-9 (NIV – emphasis mine)
I weep with gratitude at the thought that it was for me, personally, that Jesus gave up his life. That God willingly sacrificed his own Son so that I could be brought into intimacy with him through forgiveness. He wants the same for you. His word says that he does not want anyone to perish, but wants all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Let him love you. Take part in his crucifixion, so you can partake of his resurrection free and forgiven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
Wherever you see “the world” in those verses, just insert your name, and understand that if you had been the only one to ever have sinned, he still would have done the same. He loves you with an everlasting, undying, unconditional love, and longs for you to know him the way he knows you.
You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. Will you come?