Blog: I feel like dancing on this Good Friday!
Alright, who’s hiding Easter eggs this weekend?! I am, but since I have no children and because my cats aren’t into eggs, it falls on my husband to go out and find them. He just doesn’t know it yet.
I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about Easter. While tradition will have many of us hiding Easter eggs and waking up to baskets filled to overflowing with delicious chocolate candies, this weekend will also be about celebrating the most controversial figure in all of history: Jesus Christ.
Wait. Did you just roll your eyes? Bear with me.
I’m not a wackadoo. I promise. I’m just madly in love with God. And on this Good Friday I am reminded of how much he loves me. And you.
Good Friday represents the day Jesus Christ was crucified. Calling it “Good Friday” is a little odd, I’ll admit, but there’s a reason for that. Because of all the wrong I’ve done in my life, all the sins I’ve committed against God, my family, myself, it was me who deserved to hang on the cross. God is a holy God. We are not. Sin separates us. But because of Jesus, we are reconciled. He took my punishment. He took yours. He took it all up on himself.
And you know what? He really didn’t want to. The Bible says he agonized the night before, knowing the pain he was about to suffer. He even prayed to God for another way: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
In Old Testament times the word “cup” represented God’s wrath. Although God is a loving God, he is also a just God and hates sin. Jesus knew this and knew he was going to bear the weight of all sin — past, present and future. Imagine all the wrong you’ve ever done – everything that you’ve ever been ashamed of. Now imagine someone who never did any wrong taking responsibility for your mistakes. That’s Jesus. He took your punishment. He took mine. And it was excruciating for him because he was perfect. He obediently went to the cross to take what you and I deserved. And while Jesus hung and died on the cross, taking responsibility for all our wrongs, God couldn’t bear to look at him. For a brief moment, God turned his back on his own son. Jesus, although fully man and fully God, was separated from his Heavenly Father.
What despair! But that’s how much God loves you. He sacrificed his own son in your place! And because of that we now have hope. We now have eternal life if we claim Jesus as our Savior.
And that’s why we call it Good Friday.
But, wait, there’s more! Christ didn’t stay dead. Three days later he walked out of his tomb, defeating death. And that’s why we celebrate Easter Sunday. (I feel like dancing!)
For those of you who are still reading and still want to stone me, consider God’s love story. That’s really what it is. And who doesn’t like a good love story with a happy ending?
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