Why is Good Friday good?

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I have always wondered why Good Friday is referred to as “good”.  Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified, it was the day He died a horrible death; isn’t that a bad thing? To understand why it’s considered “good” you have to understand the reason why He came to the earth in the first place.

John 3:16 tells us the reason why Jesus came, it reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Jesus died because of God’s great love for us.  Being a recipient of God’s great love is good news! 

We must know that the cross was God’s plan of redemption for man. Good Friday was necessary in order for the victory of the resurrection to finish God’s plan of salvation for us. Just think, if Christ did not go to the cross, we would still be lost in sin with no hope. Being a recipient of salvation is good news!

The cross and the resurrection are the basis of our faith.  Jesus fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah spoke, “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:4-6 NIV)

I’m thankful for Good Friday! Jesus did what none of us could do ourselves.He reconciled us back to God. Today we can live knowing how greatly God loves us. Thank you Jesus!

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Vulnerability: The Portal of Grace

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When I first started out playing soccer, I was a defensive player. The main reason I was playing in the defensive position was because I hated loosing. I would literally sacrifice my body, risking injury and pain in an effort to not lose a game. I did suffer injury on  many occasions, but it did not concern me.

As time went on I shifted my game to the middle field. This allowed me greater latitude to move forward in the offensive position and to move backwards in the defensive position, playing a safer game.

Eventually I shifted my thinking and position to offense, so that I could score goals. One thing I learned on the soccer field, as well as in life, is you will never be able to achieve your goal unless it’s well defined and you purposely move closer to it.

In soccer, as well as in life, the goal is always stationary. However, circumstances surrounding your goal always change. Our thinking should always shift to adapt to changing circumstances in order to meet our goal.

If we could apply the same amount of energy we use to shield our vulnerability, to go after the goals we have set for ourselves, we will be able to achieve them.

In II Corinthians 12:9-10, the Bible says “And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Defensiveness with all its immediate benefits prevents us from moving forward and eventually prevents us from meeting our goals. When we make ourselves vulnerable God has easy access to pour His grace in us. His grace is sufficient for us.

It was only by God’s grace that Paul could say; “for when I am week, then I am strong.” God’s grace is all we need to meet our goals. Paul was able to accomplish so much in his life under very tough circumstances because of the grace of God that rested upon him.

This grace is available for you right now. Will you allow the Lord Jesus access to your heart right now and see how every dead situation in your life is brought back to life? Will you?