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THE ESSENCE OF GOOD FRIDAY: WHY IT IS CALLED GOOD FRIDAY AND NOT BAD FRIDAY




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 Exalt the Cross! God has hung the destiny of the human race upon it. Other things we may do in the realm of ethics, and on the lines of philanthropic reforms; but our main duty converges into setting that one glorious beacon of salvation, Calvary’s Cross, before the gaze of every immortal soul.




Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).

Happy Good Friday Friends.



I woke this morning with this song in my heart ” I'm free indeed In Christ I'm free indeed No chains are holding me It's who I choose to be free indeed, in Christ I am free Indeed” by Timothy Reddick.

I began meditating on the goodness of God and thanked Him for choosing to set me free in Christ Jesus.

 Glory to God forever.

Today is  Good Friday which marks the day on which Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ a young man who died at the age of 33 over 2000 years ago.

 The name Good Friday isn’t mentioned in the Bible, scriptures tell the story of how Christ was beaten and mocked by Roman soldiers before being made to carry His cross to Golgotha (which means place of a skull) for His crucifixion (Mathew 27:32-56).

The Essence of Good Friday: 




On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus' was crucified as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10) through which we have redemption — the forgiveness of sin.  

Easter Sunday is the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).

Why it's called Good Friday?

Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? 

Some Christian traditions do take this approach; in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated; some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus,’ as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
What is good about Good Friday? Why isn't it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal - Randy Alcorn.
For the good news of the gospel to be meaningful in our lives, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of salvation only makes sense when we see how we were slaves of sin. Another way of saying this is that it’s important to understand and distinguish between the law and the gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ —grace and truth comes and brings us relief and salvation.




He drained the cup of God's wrath bone dry, leaving not a drop for us to drink - Richard Allen Bodey.

In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). 

Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.
The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness.  Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus’ is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2), Jesus’ endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to His resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace. 

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good". (Justin Holcomb).    
   
Friend, as we are at home because of  COVID-19. We should spend time meditating on the love of Jesus’ for us that He became our perfect substitute, His victory over sin, and how he has made us dead to sin and alive to Him in righteousness.

Read Also: How to Ignite your love for God.


Now, Jesus Christ says to you:


  • look at the cross,  for there is no sin greater than my blood to cleanse from you;
  • Look at the cross where you have  victory over the works of darkness;
  • Look at the cross where you have victory over every addiction, sin, sickness, insecurity, fear, worry, etc;
  • Look at the cross where you have divine health, prosperity, forgiveness, grace, blessings, etc;
  • Look at the cross where you have rest and can possess your inheritance in Christ;

Dear friend, on this special day that we remember the day Jesus’ paid the price in full for sins, I want to specially invite you to receive Him if you haven't received Him. Today is a great day to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Why not do that now!


Please say this short prayer: Lord Jesus I believe in your death and resurrection, and that you died for my sins. I receive forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come in my heart to be my personal Lord and savior. I welcome the Holy Spirit into my heart, I declare today that I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name. Amen.


If you made this decision please send a mail to fulfillpurposeblog@gmail.com so we can pray with you and tell you the next step to take. 

God bless you😘






Always remember, that God's love for you is unconditional, reckless, boundless, and everlasting. You are greatly loved by Abba Father.

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