Updated: May 20, 2021
From Friday, April 2, 2021. It is "Good Friday"!!
We call it Good Friday because Jesus died for our sins on a Friday afternoon over 2,000 years ago. He did that so that we may be forgiven and have a life with Him for eternity (if we choose; He will not force.)
Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath according to the commandments and the following day, Sunday, was the first day of the week and we celebrate His resurrection.
This is a very special weekend for Christians.
I know there is a lot of hurt in this old world, but we have hope my friends! We have hope of better days!
I pray you are blessed this weekend with family, but more importantly be blessed by the reminder that Jesus LOVES you!! That He did something so unimaginable for a God to do. He suffered torture because He loves you! He suffered the cruel death on a cross because that is how badly He wants you to be a part of His plan.
Thursday night He suffered so much emotionally in the garden that He sweat drops of blood. Friday He suffered physically torture that we can scarcely wrap our minds around. When we see pictures of Jesus on the cross, they don't come close to what He would have looked like.
Isaiah 52:14 ESV "...his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind"
It truly is hard to imagine. I don't think my mind can take the imagine of a man, let alone a God, dying in such a manner for me!
But that was not the end!! He paid the price for our sins on that cross but then He rose, victorious!
"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
"Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them.
"Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
What an exciting day that must have been!
John 3:16 is probably the most well known verse in the Bible, but let's look a little before and a little after.
John 3:14-21 BBE
"As the snake was lifted up by Moses in the waste land, even so it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up: So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life. For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to be judge of the world; he sent him so that the world might have salvation through him. The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil. The light is hated by everyone whose acts are evil and he does not come to the light for fear that his acts will be seen. But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God."
Have a blessed weekend. Keep your eyes on Jesus, He is coming soon!