Over history Christians have chosen to call the Friday before Easter Sunday “Good Friday” as a day remembering the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.
This man Jesus suffered a horrible death at the hands of evil people when he did nothing wrong. Killing an innocent man is a wretched thing to do, especially by ghastly crucifixion, nailing hands and feet beams of wood, hanging him up there to have his wounds rest on nails and struggling to breathe.
But what makes Jesus different is that he was man, but more than man. As John said, he was with God from the beginning, and he was God Himself (John 1:1), and He became incarnated in human flesh (1:14). Jesus is God in human form! What’s more, he lived on earth in order to die: Jesus said that he “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). He is the ransom for people, and “All who believe in Him receive the forgiveness of their sins.” (Acts 10:43).
I light of this, I have two thoughts –
1. A day like this should produce an awareness among Jesus’ people, one that really should be with us every day. We believe in Jesus. He has forgiven us our sins. As we go about our days and nights, drive our cars, write our reports, taste food and sip drink, walk in the sun, run in the rain and the myriads of other things we do every day know this: Every wrong we have ever thought or did or said and every wrong we ever will think or do or say, is forgiven because of the cross. The ramifications for this are huge – don’t even need to write them. Just think about it for a while.
2.People who do not trust in Jesus need to. How else will they ever be forgiven? Our wrong-doing has offended a perfect God. How can total, complete perfection be reconciled with any smug of imperfection? Cleansing of all guilt – all – is found in Christ. Without Christ, people are condemned as they stand. There should be awareness that something is wrong – as you go about your life, you’re not guiltless. You’ve wronged people – you hate them, judge them, lie to them, back-stab them, and alot more; worse, the same is done to God since we don’t give our Maker the respect, honor, or obedience He deserves – simply not thanking Him for the very air your breath. We’ve had wrong motives for even the good things we do. As Clint Eastwood said, “We’ve all got it coming, kid.” We’ve all got something coming to us, and it won’t go well, unless we take God’s provision for our forgiveness – put our trust into Christ to be declared guiltless and forgiven by God.