Good Friday... the day we commemorate our Savior surrendering His life to save us from our own depravity. His sacrifice ultimately closing the gap sin made between God and man. Imagine, being the Son of God, yet coming to earth in the form of a man for one purpose... to be tortured and crucified for every evil thing we've ever done. The Son of God, spat upon, ridiculed, stripped, tortured and murdered. I don't know about you but the thought of my Lord, who has been so good to me, being treated in such a way causes me to weep in sorrow and repent for the part my sin played in crucifying Him. Yet the fact remains, He did indeed agree to give His life as ransom for our souls. Perfection in exchange for our iniquity.
What He felt wasn't just the pain of His shredded flesh as He was whipped, the crown of thorns forced into His head, the torture of the nails being hammered into His hands and feet or hanging upon a rugged wooden cross... but He experienced horrific pain and grief as He carried upon Himself every weakness, sorrow, sin, disease and pain known to man so we could in turn experience, victory, healing, freedom from sin and bondage, and peace even within the storms of life through His shed blood. In the midst of all of that... what He felt most of all was His love for us. Even as they were mocking and murdering Him, He asked God to forgive them... yeah... that's love... pure, unadulterated LOVE!
That's the kind of sacrificial love Jesus has for YOU! If you haven't accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, let this be the day! You've not done anything too evil for Him to forgive. Repent of your sins and invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior! If you already have, give Him honor today! Praise and Worship Him for the price He paid, just to have a relationship with you!!
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
Luke 23:34 (NKJV) Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Isaiah 53:3- 9 (NLT) He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that His life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of My people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave.