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REALLY – – FRIDAY ALREADY
DESCRIPTION: What is Good Friday and why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?
VERSE: But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Romans 5:8-10
Today the Christians celebrate today as Good Friday, the day that the Son of God was crucified on a cross for all the sins of mankind from the beginning till the end of humanity. And three days later they all rejoice and celebrate a risen Messiah prophesied that He would raise from the dead. No matter what your religious values or beliefs are that speaks volumes of a man who was willing to surrender his life for all humanity. I have seen soldiers surrender their lives for the flag in which they took solemn oaths to preserve and protect and even if required – – willing to lay down their lives.
The religious leaders who were prophesied for years about the coming of the Messiah, didn’t recognize Him, didn’t believe Him, rejected Him and then ultimately crucified this Man who only came to bear witness of the Father’s love for mankind, in spite of turning our back on Him. You may be saying I didn’t reject Him, and it is possible you may not even know Him, or more importantly have a relationship with Him. That was His main purpose was for you to know Him and have a relationship with Him.
Perhaps if they had the opportunity to go back and start the journey all over again, unless they had their experiences and memory to go back as well, they would probably make the same mistakes. No different if we had the opportunity to go back in time to correct an error or poor decision we made in the past. But we are not afforded that opportunity. We typically only get one chance to make the correct decision.
Oh I am sorry, I have to get back to task about me making the correct decision today with regards to the start of this story. First, it is hard to imagine anyone would be willing to go through all the things that occurred to this man they called – -Jesus. If you have not seen the movie, Passion of Christ, it will help you grasp all the things that one man was willing to endure and walk through without any grumbling to His father.
My dad and I have had discussions on this man Jesus and why he would do all of this even if it was just for me! And if you think that is unbelievable, He would have done it even it was just for you. I am certain my dad would have taken a bullet for me, and I would have taken a bullet for any of my children. But that is because of one reason – – family. Why would Jesus be willing to do this just for me, and more shockingly for all of us! That is so unreal for one person.
Good Friday, baloney! How can this be good if one man is selected of all the other potential choices. Even when the religious leaders demanded Him to be put to death, the political leaders refused to put to death an innocent man. And offered the religious leaders a criminal to pay for the sins, and the crowds as well demanded that this innocent man be put to death by crucifixion. Look at the definition of this horrible death:
Crucifixion is a method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation.
Today is celebrated because it was a mission that was laid out and had to be completed. That mission had no detours, no means of escape, and no possibility of being paroled. Even before He was taken by the angry mob and soldiers He cried to His Father if there was another way – – if not He was willing to say, “Not my will, Father, but yours.” Just imagine if every judge did not have to go through agony with proving innocence or guilt and each person willing to quickly pay whatever for their mistakes. Jesus’s trials and hearings were quick. He was even beat unmercifully as no other man had been beaten, and then required to haul his own cross through the streets tired, hungry, and hurting with no pain killers administered.
As He approached the mount where He and two others who deserved this punishment, were required to lay down on the grown on top of this cross beam. His clothes that were left, were ripped from his body, and then large stakes nailed in his hands and feet then hung up in the air to be a spectacle for the crowds. They say as the morning grew near the noon hour, there was darkness and this man Jesus felt that His Father now had turned His back on Him. Only a few of His followers remained with His mother till his life was over and His last words, “It is Finished!”
This may seem to be a reason to celebrate if we were listening to the man’s simple message to repent and love one another. I guess the repenting was admitting of the things that I had done wrong in this life with a hope of second chance to start all over. It seems like a great idea, but what is the real issue? I have seen a lot of wrong things, and I can honestly say if it was my choice I don’t know if I would forgive some of these people.
I was then reminded that this was not my decision to judge others, unless I wanted to be judged. I quickly became silent and was a bit afraid to ask how much time was left before I make my decision. I was told I need to reflect on the things of what I learned today and that we would be talking again real soon.
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