Friday, April 6, 2012

Why is it Good Friday?

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

In today's, devotion by Oswald Chambers (see link), we are reminded of the awesome feat that was accomplished on the cross for mankind. It was on the old rugged cross that Jesus our Saviour took all the of the world upon Himself and fully satisfied the judgement of God on sin. This is a pivotal point in history, the event that made it possible for sinful, unholy man to have a relationship with a sinless, holy God. Jesus' death on the cross brought man back into the relationship for which he was created, fellowship with the eternal God who created the universe.

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, may we realize the importance of what happened on the cross of Calvary and the blessings that it wrought for mankind:
  • Payment for sins - The price for our sins has been paid in full  forever.
  • He died so that we may have eternal life.
  • Escape from an eternity in hell - Because He took the punishment for our sins, those who place their faith in Jesus do not have to suffer God's wrath against sin, which is being cast into a lake of fire for eternity.
  • Reconciliation - The cross has reconciled us back to the relationship with God that was lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.
So it is evident why it is called Good Friday, next we will celebrate Easter, the day on which Jesus came forth from the grave. That glorious day when death was shown to be a defeated foe, and God proved Jesus to be the Son of God by raising Him with His power. Now, praise His name, Jesus lives forevermore in heaven with God the Father to make intercession for you and me.

May we not take lightly what Jesus did through His death and glorious resurrection. For, upon these two events hinge the hope for all mankind. Do you believe? If you do and you have never called on His name, repented of your sins and openly confessed Him as Lord with yor mouth, then do so now and embrace what Jesus purchased for you on the cross, live everlasting with Him who truly loves your soul.

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