Daily Devotion, Good Friday - 4-10-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

DAILY DEVOTION FOR GOOD FRIDAY
READINGS: John 18-19
A lot of reading today... two chapters! But I am asking you to take the time to read it and make the sacrifice to reflect on the One who made the greatest sacrifice ever... Jesus Christ! we are looking at the crux of our faith during this Holy Week, and this day is pivotal. Let's summarize the events from this passage:

- Jesus is arrested
- Peter's denies Jesus for the first time
- The High Priest questions Jesus
- Peter denies Jesus two more times
- Jesus goes before Pilate
- Jesus is sentenced to be crucified
- Jesus is crucified
- Jesus dies
- Jesus is buried

This doesn't sound like good news here. So why do we call this day "Good Friday"? The youth I worked with at a previous church used to do a reverse advent service to show the despair of the followers of Jesus on the day he was crucified. It was a very powerful service and we led the service for several years. One year, one of our older members came up and said, "Are you doing that same service again this year?" I replied with yes and she said, "Well, I won't be coming. It's such a depressing service"? Isn't that the way we feel about Good Friday? It certainly is not pleasant to reflect on the fact that on this day, Jesus died for OUR sins to fulfill prophesy. What is good about that! We can't stand the guilt and shame and bear to think that he died in our place... we are ready to move on to the rest of the story... and we will on Sunday. But for today, the answer to all of the questions for THIS day can be summed up in one word... LOVE. John 3:16-17 tell us this: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God didn't send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him." The key word is God LOVED and God still loves. And Jesus loves you and I so much that he took on all the punishment for all our sins SO THAT we might not face condemnation but might experience everlasting life. And that means an abundant life now (even amidst the suffering we might be going through) and life eternal. Hear this message loud and clear...JESUS LOVES YOU so much that while you and I were yet sinners he died for us. And that kind of love is Good News. Today we remember his sacrifice and continue in repentance and on Sunday... we will celebrate his victory over sin and death.

 
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