Day 97 – Good Friday

You may ask yourself, as I have asked myself many times, “why do we refer to this day as Good Friday, when it was the day Jesus was crucified?” We read in Mark 15:37-39,

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way het breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Sont of God!”

This has always been a sad day for me as I think of all of the suffering Jesus endured on that cross. The agony he experienced, not only from the beating, the humiliation, and the nails, but the excruciating pain and burden he suffered by bearing all of the sins of all people for all time. These sins, our sins, caused Jesus to be separated from God, this no doubt was the most painful part of His ordeal. So, what is the good part you may be asking… The good part is that Jesus finished His mission. He did take all of our sins to the cross, suffered and died, so that all of our sins have been taken away. By His wounds we are healed. That is what makes Good Friday, good. The other good news is that the story doesn’t end here. Jesus defeated sin, death, and the devil when He died and was buried, then on the third day, He rose again and lives. Through our faith in Jesus, we have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Thank you Jesus for loving me in spite of my sinful ways. Amen

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