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.


Some History On The Matter



DESCRIPTION: In every situation you may want to consider searching the history of the matter before you make your decision.

Verse: First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. (Verse 1). God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. (Verse 27) God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!It was evening, it was morning— Day Six. (Verse 31) Genesis 1: 1, 27, 31)

Yesterday it seemed that it was the end of something, but obviously not as I have been able to consider every possible choice I need to apply that now the red button has been pushed in my life. I always thought when I was younger ( yes I am much older now) that all the tragedy that had been foretold or prophesied would have happened when I was younger. You see every corner had someone who was standing and yelling, “Repent then end of time is almost here!” I don’t know how many were frightened like I was as a young boy, just hoping to get to sixteen and drive the car I would be able to purchase someday and drive.

Well I made it that day and purchased my first car a, 1964 Plymouth Belvedere. It was really unique, you had to shift the transmission from the dash of the car. I was so proud of her. It seems like all the guys back then called their cars their gals. Having your first car and a gal made almost every guy the happiest ever! You see what I am trying to say here, in every situation there is some good history and bad history. I am certain the early World Wars were tragic and bad as many of the men from all over America were required to leave their homes and families and the women had to take over all the jobs and factories. Many of these men did not return from their positions in battle and their homelands were never the same.

As I grew up as a young man and finished my education, the requirement for many young men was to serve in our country. They called it the draft – – it was violently opposed and many men moved to other countries to avoid serving their county or better said their obligation to serve our country. You see many countries around America still to this day require men to serve their country or face persecution. Many young Americans departed to live in other countries and hide from this responsibility. They were very fortunate because many of the young men did the right thing – – gave their lives for their country and never returned home. It wasn’t long after the Vietnam war the draft was no longer required for men to be forced to serve their country.

I was one of them, I joined the United States Air Force and promised to serve for six years. Wars and rumors of war were talked back then and still today fifty years later wars surround every country and man men and women do the most honorable-thing by giving the ultimate price of surrendering their life for the greater cause for another person. The Bible reminds us, no greater love than a person surrendering their live for another.

As we started this story my opposition reminded me that history does pay a valiant price and many sacrifices will be required of all humanity. But sadly I sensed something as I reflected on all of the tragedies that my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and even four generations had personally witnessed was difficult to endure like the depression where simple food had to be portioned out for everyone to have something. I hadn’t lived in that type of world but I had witnessed where skin color separated all of us and now as I get older our beliefs in what is fair and what is not fair separates all of us further. I wonder how many more devastations could happen when creation seemed happy in the beginning and now it seemed we were all going different directions and the simple task that the creator gave all of us seemed simple – to love one another as we love ourselves.

Why was it so difficult to love and why would we be willing to fight anything and anyone to get our believes back in context? Lives have been taken, Lincoln, Kennedy, King, and people I grew up around, really did it have a real purpose?Why did they have to surrender their lives? And suddenly I was reminded of a very important man to a loving father who was required to surrender His son, that all the wrongs that had occurred in the world, not just for today, but for everyday in all humanity’s sins and mistakes – – someone was being called on the carpet to pay the price that only one could pay.

A story I recalled of a Father who sent His son to earth as a young boy to show the lessons of loving one another and ultimately at age thirty-three would be killed and crucified by the religious leaders of the day. Those leaders who were discussed with legally to do something about this young man who only showed compassion and performed many great miracles to showing the FatherOs love now was being murdered and killed by the most horrible death – crucifixion. There were many who were saddened, his followers they called them disciples felt that their hero was gone, but on the celebrated holiday where children look for color eggs and claim the Easter bunny had visited them, another celebration that this young man had defeated death, hell and the grave was risen and we will celebrate this week again Easter.

I am agin reminded no matter what price has to be paid or has been paid for all of us, you and me – – each one of us will be required to take a position in front of the creator to assess what we have done was good enough or there would be another payment for our choices. Even after reviewing all the years past and even those close to me, I was reminded by my opponent as we had discussed from the very beginning of time and where I was at the moment a decision was required from me and that decision was just around the corner. Was it going to be enough, and if not what would I be required to do…..I wandered aimlessly in the darkened room.



What will you do..The red button has been pushed

DESCRIPTION: Today I was notified someone has decided to push the red button – – now what?

VERSE: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 (NIV)

When I awoke this morning, I had a sense of being that normally I hadn’t had ever before. I was alerted that someone had pushed the red button and I had a difficult decision to process with – – “What was I going to do about it?

No other additional information was readily available to me other than the red button was now in process for other actions to occur and it was my opportunity to make every second count. Make every decision the best and not to be foolish about any thought process. It was crucial to not waste any time, resource or any thing that was available to me to make every moment count as it was the last decisions to be the best decisions I ever made – – in my life. My life may even be depended to upon it, and possibly others would be impacted on my decisions- – someone was trusting and believing in me that I would think of their lives and their families with ever thought that would be in my hands to affect others…this was a decision that possibly only happen once in a lifetime.

This was serious and as I allowed each second to pass in front of me, I knew that each decision would be vital for many and more importantly for myself. The questions that entered my mind in these sacred season in my life:

What would life be like after the button was selected? Will it bring relief to the world from all the agony and pain that mankind had felt to this moment? If the decision I made at this second would it be a decision that I would not been able to reverse? I felt trapped, but I felt I have been drawn to this moment with the inner voice begging me to make a decision and make it now. Maybe I am not qualified to make this decision, but that inner voice was not allowing me to get out of the seat that I had been drawn to early this morning.

I had no call outs or friends I could beg for assistance- – only silence between me and the seconds that seem to get louder as I pondered every detail , what would I do? What were all the choices? Could I just leave the chair and allow someone else to take my place? If the decision was just for me, maybe it would be easier and perhaps quicker to make a decision that I felt that would impact me not just for today, but possibly eternity!

I have no where to hide, and I cannot find the correct words, I don’t even know who my opponent is, but somehow he seems to know everything about me. It is almost as he knows me better than I know myself. But I cannot over analyze the details and only focus on what matters most and insure that I make the decision that will not only benefit me, my family, my friends, and all those surrounded around me. If someone else had this opportunity – – I would want them to make everything count for the good for all of us.

Everyday we are surrounded by simple and difficult decisions. But my decision today has been impacted. Just as quick as I woke up this morning there was a sense of urgency today, not like anything else I ever felt before. I hope that I had not wasted one precious moment, and that this opponent who was drawing me out sensed to care about every thought – – every question and every move that was required.

It was as if my opposition not only cared about me – – but cared for all humanity. What would be the first move I would make? What would be required of me from this opponent who challenged me to a quest that would possibly impact me eternally?