Why Good Friday?


The following thoughts I have taken and adapted from John Eldredge’s book, “Waking the Dead”. It blessed my life I pray this adaptation will bless yours.

“Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death by a vain puppet of the Roman government acting as a district governor of Jerusalem. He was nailed on a cross by a handful of Roman soldiers who happened to be on duty, and left there to die. He died as we have understood sometime around 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a Friday. The cause…a broken heart. An innocent man, bleeding for the sin and sins of the world. We have rebelled, and the penalty for our rebellion was death. To lose us to sin was too great a pain for God to bear, and so he took it upon HIMSELF to rescue us. This innocent man, the Son of God came to “give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28)

Each and every one of us has been ransomed by Him who is called the Christ. IF WE WILL acknowledge Our treachery is forgiven. Our lives, entirely pardoned for every wrong thought and desire and deed. This is what the vast majority of Christians understand as the central work of Christ for us. And make no mistake about it…it is a deep and stunning truth that will set you free and give you great joy. It is this truth, echoed by the Roman centurion standing guard that day as he witnessed this man on the cross, when he states, “Surely he was the son of God!”

As Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

Because of what was effected on that day, we call it…GOOD FRIDAY!

May we never forget the reason for this season and why we celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday…Easter.  JESUS PAID IT ALL…ALL TO HIM I OWE.

I am praying for you and your family,

Leonard Navarre
Lubbock, TX

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