Good Friday. How could this be GOOD?

The picture is horrific.

Our eyes want to turn away.

We know. We’ve heard the story.

We’ve been told, it’s not about bunnies but about a bloody cross.

That day, that Good Friday, that day that looked anything but “good” – that day everything changed.

Early in the morning on the day Jesus would be crucified, He was brought before Pilate, who finding no fault in Him, asked the question we all must ask ourselves,

“What then shall I do with this Jesus who is called Christ?” Matt 27:22

The question is meant to be personal.

No one could answer it for Pilate, and thousands of years later, no one else can answer it for you.

Who is Jesus and what do you “do” with Him?

Who is Jesus …to you?

History certainly records Him. His birth reset our calendars.

The bestselling book of all time, the Bible, tells us Jesus left a throne in Heaven, lived a sinless life, and willingly died a horrific death, being separated from the Father, so that His blood might forever cover our sins and make a way for us.

The Way.

The Only Way.

There could be NO OTHER WAY but the blood of the One who said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6.

Are those just words?

Are they true?

The disciples knew they were true; and all of them, but one, died a martyr’s death rather than deny it.

But never will it be enough to simply know the facts of the story.

Nor will it be enough to practice some religion that,
deep down,
you know
has never,
really,
changed your life.

Look at that picture.

Jesus did that for YOU and for ME.

Could you possibly do anything to earn that?

Never. Ever.

Could you get your life together enough, be good enough to justify this
magnificent sacrifice– this amazing trade?

No, this is AMAZING GRACE!

While we were yet sinners, God sent His Son to die for us!

Jesus willingly took the penalty for our sin.

The Last Lamb.
The Perfect Lamb.

But knowing the story isn’t enough.

You can know all about Jesus (the Bible says the demons believe and shudder. -James 2:19).

You can believe He existed, believe He died on the Cross, and still refuse to receive Him as Lord of your life.

And so, the question….

There is a question that no one can answer for you, the question Pilate asked,

“What will you do with this Jesus?”

Is Jesus YOUR Savior?

Have you finally come to the end of yourself? Stop trying to earn what could never be earned.

Oh, run to Him. Run to Him helpless. Fall down at His feet.

Ask that His blood cover your sin.

Amazing grace, mountains of mercy, floods of forgiveness, unconditional love is poured out for all who call on His Name.

The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Romans 10:13

What better day… than this day… this moment… THIS GOOD Friday to run to the One who died for you?

What a Savior, we, who were dead and made alive, we, who were enemies- now called, “children of God, what a Savior we celebrate this GOOD FRIDAY!

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