Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday - What Does It Mean?

For years, I would hear the words, "Good Friday" and not understand what they meant. This was, of course, before I was a Christian, and by that, I mean a true Christian. When I would hear those words, I thought it had something to do with the Catholic church. I never understood.

Now I understand. I understand the pain my Lord went through when He took the weight of our sins, past, present and future, of the whole world, on Himself. I understand that He was brutally whipped and tortured. I understand that He was nailed to a cross - unable to fully take a breath - and in agony. I understand. I understand.

My heart can scarcely take it in. When I think on this, as I often do, for it is the great sacrifice, I easily get tears in my eyes and my heart constricts. To be loved so fully that He - God - would allow Himself to be put through this! How can we comprehend this? It's the most loving act that mankind has ever seen, or will see. Through this loving gesture, God gave us the ability to have eternal life! By sacrificing His only Son (John 3:16), He gave us a road to redemption. All we have to do is accept His gift.

I ponder at the reasons why so many do not accept this gift. For me, the gift is a must. For me, Jesus is my everything. Without Him, I cannot live - either in this life and certainly not the one to come. It is only through Him that we have this gift of eternal life. I wonder at those to scorn Him or ridicule Him. I cannot comprehend that someone would not fully rejoice at this gift that He so openly and freely gives.

My heart is full today. I look at all I have been through in this past year and I marvel at His gifts and His timing. I am most thankful that when others abandoned me, He did not. He was there by my side when my heart was breaking and when I felt alone, He made His presence known to me. He worked everything out in His perfect way and continues to do so.

Good Friday is just that. It is the goodness of God in that He loves us so, He provided a way for us to come to Him. I am so thankful for accepting His gift. If you haven't, would you please do so today? If you're not sure how to go about it, please go HERE to fully understand this beautiful, life-giving gift.

Many blessings- Julie

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you posted this Julie. I do not cry every year in church during Good Friday, but I do cry. I know also.
    I hope and pray someone who desperately needs this, reads this and gives their life to Christ.
    God bless you and a Blessed Easter to you!


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