Today is Good Friday, an important day to Christians everywhere. For it was on this day, thousands of years ago, that Jesus died a criminal’s death so that you and I might live. Tonight I, along with my family, will attend a church service, dressed all in black, to mourn the death of our Savior and King. Tears may be shed just as they were on that faithful day. However, unlike those who mourned His death at the cross, we know what the future holds.
Today is Good Friday, but Resurrection Sunday is on the way.
Although Jesus died, His death was not an ending but a beginning.
He was hanged from a wooden cross replacing the need for sacrificial offerings.
He was beaten so that through His wounds we could find healing.
He was mocked by the very sinners who He willingly traded His life as a ransom for their souls.
His blood spilled on the ground at Calvary was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of His people.
He was laid to rest in an empty tomb, sealed up and guarded by armed men. Yet we don’t serve a God who lies dead in a tomb somewhere, our God is alive.
Though today is only Friday, Sunday is just up ahead.
Three days later and just as He promised, He rose again. He walked out of the grave with holes in His hands, proof that He was the Messiah. Now there is no fear in death for we know it is only a means to the end that is an eternity with Him. The grave has no victory. Jesus does hold the keys to death, hell and the grave. He reigns forever from His seat at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me when we call on His Holy name. So saints, open up your eyes!
Today may be Friday, but Sunday is coming!
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16 NLT)