Monday, April 2, 2012

No Greater Love...

Good Friday – I’ve often wondered why it is called “Good Friday”—if this is the day Christ was crucified… then why is it good?  Just think about that day… the day Christ gave up His life… does it bring mixed feelings?  On one side, no one would have a chance of eternal life in Heaven without this Great Sacrifice. So it is good for the sake of our salvation, but so sad that it was my sins and your sins that sent Him to that death on the cross.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Focus on that verse for a moment… it is a mind blowing verse for me… would I be willing to lay my life down for a friend?  As I was thinking on that God showed me He was not asking me to just physically lay down my life for my friends, but to spiritually and emotionally lay it all down for Him!  Really think about that… if someone put a gun to your head and said “deny Christ or die” would you have the strength to die for Him?  I would hope I would. On the other hand, everyday we are asked to “die to self”… but how easy is that to do?

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

If you are at all like me, most every day I know I am a total failure at that… since I am not even close to perfect, but God can see if I have a desire and a willing heart to lay it all done for Him. And because of His unconditional, unfailing love, He gives us an “A” for effort and not an “F” for failure… He made each one of us… He knows we are all works in progress… we are blessed, priceless children of our Heavenly Father! I am so thankful that He loved us so much to give us a second chance at life by giving up His Son to save all those who believe and receive Him.

If Christ just died for us then the story would be over, but He died because of our sin and He rose from the dead to break the bonds of death (sin) and the grave!  Remember… it is only because of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and RESURRECTION that each one of us can have eternal life through Him.  Good Friday in itself is not good, but when we look at the whole picture… the whole story, the Greatest Love Story ever told… now that is good!

We must remember the sadness of “Good Friday” in order to sing praises of the risen Lord on Easter morning!

 Rejoicing in Truth!

1 comment:

Teresa Orpurt said...

Most of us moms know that we would jump in front of a train to save our children. Yet our resolve cools at the prospect of that sacrifice for someone we don't know. How about a homeless old man, in need of a bath? Or angry young person, full of hate?
On Good Friday, I am reminded of Christ's willingness to save the unloveable. Most of us don't think of ourselves that way... But we all, each of us, are unloveable at times.
I'm so grateful that He has never seen me that way...and never will. He gave himself up to be betrayed, ridiculed, tortured, and killed to save all of us; even those that we might swerve to avoid while walking down the street.
And He did all this as they mocked Him. And He prayed for them all the while.
So I pray everyday, "God, please fill up my heart, and help me see others through Your eyes".
And you know, no matter how many days go by, or no matter how many times I fail at trying to live up to His example, I will never be a failure. I only need to keep my eyes on Him, and never give in, or give up. Because His death brought me that hope.