Friday, April 22, 2011

Life Begins at the Cross

Today is Good Friday. It is the day that we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. The day that Jesus hung upon the cross and took our sins. The day He was forsaken, that we would never have to be forsaken. The day that He was rejected so that we could be accepted. The question is, "what makes good friday good?" For the day that Jesus was crucified we would not have called it good. It was a day of injustice, a day of betrayal, treachery, and pain. There are a few things I would like you to consider this day. 

What makes Good Friday good....

1. Salvation was secured. Through the death of Jesus, as our substitute ,we can be saved from the wrath of God. Jesus took the wrath we deserved. 

2.Forgiveness of Sins was provided: All of the wicked things that we have done. All of the lies we have told, all the pain we have caused. All that we are ashamed of, Jesus took upon Himself and now our sins have been removed as far as the East is from the West. 

3.Reconciliation to God: We were destined to eternal separation from God for eternity because of our sin. But Jesus bridged the gap between unholy man and a holy God. 

4. The Hope of Heaven: Because of the death of Jesus the doorway to heaven has been opened to any person who will trust Christ. 

Oh what joy fills the heart that knows the savior. What love springs up in the soul of the redeemed. To know that God loves me so much that He would send His own Son to take my place. Words cannot describe both the humility and elation. I understand it was my sin that put Him there on that cross. He did not have to die for me, but HE did. Its coming to the cross of Christ where life truly begins.