This Sunday we celebrate Easter: the day that Jesus rose from the grave and opened the door for us to experience His redemptive power in our lives. We love to celebrate His amazing resurrection, but we can’t forget that in order for Him to rise from the dead, He first had to die.
Today is Good Friday and on this day I think it’s important that we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us. He willingly gave His life on the cross to pay for our sins. The weight of our transgressions was more than any of us could bear. And He bore them all, taking upon Himself the punishment that we all deserved.
As we reflect on what He went through for us, we can’t help but be overwhelmed by the depth of God’s love for us. He chose to allow His Son to be sacrificed for each of us, so that we could have eternal life through faith in Him.
It’s humbling when we realize that we were the reason for His suffering, and yet, He didn’t come to condemn us, but to save us from our sins. In the midst of our brokenness and rebellion, He chose to show us His amazing grace.
On this Good Friday, we’re reminded of the power of the cross, and the hope that it brings. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been reconciled with God, and we have the assurance of eternal life. We can now approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we have been made righteous through His blood.
As we prepare to celebrate His resurrection this Easter, may we take some time today, on this Good Friday, to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the price He paid for our redemption. And may we recognize that we must deny ourselves—essentially DIE to ourselves and surrender our own way—in order to receive the LIFE He offers. In a very real way, may we participate with Jesus in both His death and His resurrection. There is not one without the other.
Thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love and mercy. Help us to surrender our lives to You and live in a way that honors and glorifies You!