Why Is Good Friday Good?

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Today is Good Friday. Its the day we remember Jesus’ suffering on the cross. With the heart wrenching sadness of how Jesus was treated leading up to this day and the day itself, its a wonder why it is called GOOD Friday?

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (2 Peter 2:24) 

 

~It’s called GOOD Friday because of what Jesus did at that time. He was questioned, humiliated, flogged, scourged, made to wear a crown of thorns, spit on, hit with bare hands, mocked and hung a cross. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise. (Mark 10:34) He was declared innocent publicly by Pontious Pilate before the Jews. Nothing criminal was about him yet he was treated like a criminal, receiving the treatment of criminals at that time. He had not merited that kind of abuse yet he endured it. This he endured that we might be saved.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus is sinless. There was no sin in him yet he suffered as a sinner should. Jesus submitted to this suffering on our behalf. See and be humbled by the patient suffering of our Savior for our sins…for our brokenness…for our salvation. He was made to be sin so that we might be declared righteous.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus humbled himself to bear the thorns on his head and the cross on his back so that we might wear the crown of life and never have to carry our own burdens. He suffered this for us, wretched souls so undeserving.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus faced judgement and condemnation. He was mocked as the “King of Jews”. He did this that we might know grace and be pardoned. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
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Good Friday is good because it is about “one man’s [Jesus] obedience” that “many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Jesus willingly sacrificed himself. He was purposeful and gave himself up by his own choosing. This act of love done so that we might have the forgiveness of sin.

~Good Friday is good because when Jesus “yielded up his spirit” (Matthew 27:50), at that very moment, the curtain in the temple was “torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The symbol of separation between man and God was destroyed. Jesus did this for us! We can come boldly to the Throne of Grace!

~Good Friday is good because of all of this. Good because Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to die for us…on the cross…in our place. God was willing to allow his only Son to be crucified so that we might be free.

I’m humbled to my knees. A hymn sung for Good Friday says it well…
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Isaac Watts)

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. 
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; 
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. 
3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. 
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown. 
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
 love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Good Friday happened and it was meant for good. And Resurrection Sunday is coming! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)

What does Good Friday mean to you?

 

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Monday’s Musings #208 & Resurrection Sunday Ideas

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As you are reading this, I will be in Arizona watching the Dodgers play spring ball. Yes, they are our favorite baseball team. We are always excited when the Lord works it all out for us to go. It’s been a couple years since we last went so this is pretty exciting to our family. It’s a whirlwind trip but we don’t mind that one bit.

With Resurrection Sunday (Easter) literally around the corner, I wanted to share some ideas that will encourage biblical celebrating. These ideas keep the day about Jesus. Rejoice and remember, “The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.” (Luke 24:46-47)

  1.  Make a mini Resurrection garden. (Even if this will be done a little late, the message is there.)
  2. Bake Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. (Read my post: “Why Is Good Friday Good?“)
  3. Make Resurrection Rolls for breakfast.
  4. Make Resurrection Cookies with the story.
  5. Do an Easter devotion together.
  6. Put together Resurrection Eggs.
  7. Read the truth of Jesus and his resurrection from the Bible.
  8.  Make a Holy Week Calendar.
  9. Read “The Tale of Three Trees.

Theses are wonderful ideas for keeping our eyes on Jesus this Resurrection Sunday (Easter). I do hope it is a precious day for your family. As they say, “Jesus is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”

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Repentance Is More Than Saying “I’m Sorry” (Part 1)

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Sin must exist for repentance to be necessary. If we believe we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8) But it is written, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Sin is “native depravity of heart to the divine will of God, that corruption of nature of deterioration of the moral character of man, which is supposed to be the effect of Adam’s apostasy; and which manifests itself in moral agents by positive act of disobedience to the divine will, or by the voluntary neglect to comply with the express commands of God, which require that we should love God with all the heart and soul and strength and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves.” (1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

In other words, we are sinners, originally by the effect of Adam’s departure from grace by his disobedience to God, and we manifest sin in our lives by living, speaking, and thinking in disobedience to the commands of the Lord in His Word. Because of sin, repentance (deep sorrow, pain and grief felt by the realization of our sin against God) is a necessary attitude of the heart to know the forgiveness found in Jesus and the cross. It is our response to the fact that Jesus atoned for our sins and bore our shame on the cross.*

Repentance is more than saying, “I’m sorry.” It is a deep sorrow and contrition for our sin. It’s more than just realizing that disobedience to God’s commands comes with consequences and fearing those consequences. It’s acknowledging that our sin separates us from our Father. See, we were made for God, made to center our entire life on Him and find our sense of worth and purpose in Him. Anything outside of that would be sin and grieves our heavenly Father.

True repentance means taking full ownership of our sin. Admitting truthfully that we are tempted by our desires and willfully give into them. This is necessary for true repentance to take place in our heart. Sin is destructive and keeps us from a right relationship with the Lord. We are a broken people and repentance is deeper than what we do, it’s recognizing who we are. Sinners in need of a great God and His grace and mercy. Repentance allows us an honest sense of our sinfulness to drive us toward the depth of Christ’s mercy in the gospel.*

It should be our desperate cry to God to “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me.(Psalm 139:23-24). Spiritual repentance is prompted by God whereas natural repentance is prompted by fear or pride. By fear, we walk away from sin because we fear the consequences. By pride, we think we are a “better than that” child of God who must resist the temptation to sin. Evangelical repentance is the conviction that our sin has offended God. When we understand what the difference is, we can then understand the depth of repentance to a holy God.

In part 2, we will cover a few points on repentance, to round out our look at repentance.

 

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5 Great Truths of the Resurrection

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Today we celebrate the risen Savior! He is risen indeed! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3) Jesus is our living hope. He suffered. He hung on the cross. He was buried. He rose and ascended to the Father. The resurrection holds so many truths. I want to look at 5 great truths of the resurrection for the child of God.

1. We’re forgiven. Jesus’ took the sins of the world away when He went to the cross and rose three days later. Without his sacrifice we would be lost to our sins. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) But Jesus saved us! Through his resurrection we are no longer slaves to our sins, we’re forgiven and have new life.

2. We have no condemnation. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we are not condemned any longer. For in this hope we are saved.” (Romans 8:24) We are rescued from the wages of death because of our sins. They no longer condemn us to a futile existence. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) The world cannot take away from us the salvation of the Lord. Matthew Henry says it well, “There is therefore no condemnation, because they are interested in the satisfaction that Christ by dying made to the law. In Christ, God does not only not condemn them, but is well pleased with them.”

3. We’re given new birth. The resurrection assures a new life in Christ if we so choose to accept Him as our Savior. We are “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3) It’s a promise my friend. Believing in Jesus rewards us with a life that is changed forever. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11) 

4. We have One who intercedes for us. The resurrection happened and Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father. “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.(Romans 8:34) And where He now sits, we know He is interceding on our behalf. If we sin, we can know “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.(1 John 2:1) 

5. We have eternal life. The promise given in the resurrection is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) We have the JOY of knowing that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16) From the moment we receive Jesus as our Savior and believe in Him and all He did for us, eternal life is ours! Apostle John says it well, And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

Five great truths that we can trust and know to be true through the resurrection of Christ. Today as we get all dressed up, attend church, have a special meal and go about our day, let us not forget these truths. May you keep your heart focused on the sacrifice Jesus made for you, never forgetting the gift it is to those who choose to believe it.

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25, 26)

Have a blessed Lord’s Day. And a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!

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Resurrection Sunday Ideas

Even though Resurrection Sunday is almost here, I think we can still bring home the message of Resurrection Sunday. Here are a few ideas and projects I found to do this weekend. Who says you can’t do them on Resurrection Sunday?

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1. Easy Cross Craft. Good for little hands, too.

2. Easter Treat Bag with FREE printable.

3. Random Acts of Kindness Project. (Love this one. Think we might do it!)

4. “No Bunny Loves You Like Jesus” with FREE printable. Just add a chocolate bunny of your choice.

5. You’ve Been Egged – An Easter Egg hunt with a purpose. You can still pull this one off by Sunday.

6. Make a bead cross. A good project for older children.

7. Make a pretzel cross.

8. Make a “stained glass” cross.

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1. Empty Tomb Rolls.

2. Easter Story Cookies. I used to do this with our children when they were younger.

 

Resurrection Sunday basket ideas:

1. Chocolate Cross/Candy – Can keep it simple and little if you choose.

2. Easter Crafts they can do by themselves.

3. Easter books sharing Jesus’ life and purpose. “The Three Trees” is a good one.

4. A Very Veggie Easter DVD

5. Plastic eggs filled with Easter related scripture and a token of some sort

6. Easter card

7. Easter coloring book that focuses on Jesus and the cross.

8. Easter puzzle.

Well, that’s a wealth of ideas and projects to encourage a Christ-filled Easter/Resurrection Sunday with your family. You can find these and more ideas on my Pinterest Resurrection board.

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