“Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Many years ago (well not TOO many), I used to work in a hospital cafeteria. Over break one day, someone asked, “Why is it called Good Friday”? To which there was a prompt reply by someone else, “Because we get paid time-and-a-half if we work it”. True story! Why is this coming Friday “Good”? Is it just because it’s a paid holiday for us? Well maybe there’s more to it than that.
Each year this Friday is “good”, because we remember the BEST Friday in history about 2001 years ago. Prior to that time, all of history points towards that Friday; and since that time everything points back towards that Friday. It is the Friday that the supreme sacrifice was made for us, that allows us to have the possibility of eternal life with the God who loves us.
There is a God of the Universe. He created all things, and all of us in it, and loves each of us (ie. You) very much. Unfortunately, each of us chooses in one way or another to reject that love and do things our own way (the uncomfortable word for that one is “sin”). More unfortunate is that sin separates us from God and there is nothing we can do on our own to make up for that rejection of Him. Think about it. What can I do for the Creator of the whole Universe, to make up for rejecting Him? Hmmmm … I probably can’t do anything He cannot do Himself! Fortunately, He created a way for us to be at peace with Him again and to fully enjoy the love that He has for us. That way is called a sacrifice.
Way back when Moses was given the “Ten Commandments” by God, he was also given a list of sacrifices that God’s people were to make to Him, one of which was to “make up” for when they broke one of His rules. This is called the “sin” offering, or sacrifice for sin; it was usually a lamb, or small goat. For thousands of years, His people sacrificed lambs to “atone for” (make up for) whenever they broke His rules. All of this was to help them understand the concept of a “sacrifice for sin”. Eight-hundred years before Jesus came (well even longer than that actually) prophets spoke of the one ultimate sacrifice for sin that would come, and it would be called “the Lamb of God”; the sacrifice provided by God Himself.
Jesus came as prophesied, and was God’s Lamb. He was sacrificed for all sin; my sins, your sins, all of the sins of everyone who ever lived or who will live. We do not sacrifice lambs anymore whenever we have gone against God’s will; the last and best Lamb — Jesus — was sacrificed that could account for ALL sins. So what do we now do? Well, we need to BELIEVE that a sacrifice is necessary to bring us back into fellowship with the God who loves us. We need to BELIEVE that Jesus was that sacrifice on the best Friday in history. We need to BELIEVE that if He loved us so much to be the sacrifice for our sins, that we must follow Him daily.
That is why that Friday some 2000 years ago was the Best Friday. And that is why this Friday is Good!
Have a Good Friday!
Have you trusted Christ yet for the forgiveness of your sins? There has never been a better day!
This Good Friday could be the “best Good Friday” of your entire life!
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12)