Today we celebrate the manifestation of one of God’s greatest promises to us. This promise is recorded in John, chapter 3, verse 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We are the whoever that God sent Jesus to redeem. It’s because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that we celebrate Good Friday.
Good Friday is the day we acknowledge Jesus’ death on the cross. We are extremely grateful of the sacrifice he made for us. Our sin separated us from God, our Father. God could not fellowship with us because of our sinful behavior. He was not pleased with our sin and did not like the separation it caused. So, he put a plan in place to bring reconciliation.
He sent Jesus to earth through a virgin, Mary. He grew in stature, wisdom, and favor with God and man. He preached the message of the Kingdom of Heaven. He ministered by healing the sick, delivering the captive and teaching the disciples. His unmatched service was done on the cross.
Jesus was taken into captivity. Although he was without sin, he was sentenced to death by cross. He carried the cross for us from courthouse to courthouse. He was pierced for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. His blood was shed so that we could be forgiven of our sins. He hung and died on the cross between two thieves.
We rejoice today because God showed His love for us in that while we were sinners Jesus died on Good Friday.