Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

Good Friday.  Why is today good?  Today is the day Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a man that never did wrong, was crucified.  He actually spent his short life of 33 years doing good every day, all day.  He miraculously fed thousands, he healed sick children and adults, he spoke words of freedom, he honored women, discipled men and showed unconditional love.  So why is the day he was crucified called good?

That day in history for his followers, was a very bad day.  But it was a day in history that is called good because of the unselfish sacrifice Jesus gave on the cross that day.  There was absolutely nothing in it for him.  He did it all out of love for his people.  Greater love has no man than this that he would lay down his life for a friend. 

Jesus came to seek and to save.  He befriended the friendless.  He rebuked the most religious.  He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.  Take time to reflect on the sacrifice he made for all of mankind.  Before He miraculously went back to Heaven, He had to endure betrayal on so many levels.  The crowds had applauded him, brought their children to him, were healed and encouraged by Him.  Many in those crowds then turned on him, yelling "crucify Him".  His best friends, the 12 disciples, betrayed him.  Judas was the biggest offender betraying Jesus with a kiss, to the soldiers who would drag him away to the cross.  The others turned their back on him in fear and confusion. 

Easter Sunday is the celebration of when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after three days in a grave.  The story is Biblical and historical yet seems fictional to some.   What do you think?

I think our failing today is not outright betrayal but ambivalence.  We don't put out trust in Him because we are confidant in our own ability.  Only when we try for things beyond our own ability do we leave room for a miracle.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

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