What’s so good about Good Friday? I’m currently doing a one year chronological Bible reading plan. With the Lord timing is everything. I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe in the sovereignty of God. So today, on this Good Friday, I’m in Exodus (because I began this plan on March 1) and I just read how the firstborn of Egypt have died. I am a firstborn. I have a firstborn. I know a lot of firstborns. Wow!
Jesus Christ, is the Lamb of God, the Passover lamb. Jesus Christ is also a firstborn!
You guys! Jesus was not the One anyone expected. We’re so bound and determined to fight our way to the top, to destroy anyone who gets in our way, to prove we’re right. He came into our world and we didn’t even see him because he wasn’t the hero we were expecting.
But oh! He is definitely the Hero we’ve been waiting for!
See the man there, healing the sick, holding the children, teaching the people, feeding the multitude. He is strongly gentle. He is compassionate. He is kind. He loves all of us. He loves us so much, he weeps when we die. He loves us so much, he dies as we mock him.
All. So. We. Might. Live.
This isn’t just Good Friday, it’s the best Friday.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
— Matthew 11:29 NIV
The day that I said yes to Jesus, there was an instant transaction that took place. He redeemed me before I even had a clue what that meant.
The dictionary definition of redeem is to gain or regain possession of something in exchange for payment.
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.”1 Corinthians 7:23
Before I knew Jesus, I didn’t really know what life was for. All I could see was pain, suffering, death, war, and destruction. I figured if this is all life was about, then there really wasn’t a good reason to be alive, right?
Then, the miraculous transaction took place. Not only was I immediately saved from eternal death, I was blessed with a whole new worldview that allows me to feel joy despite how it’s all falling apart!
Friends, whenever I am tempted to fall into old patterns of thinking, I preach the Gospel to myself. I go back to that day when the Lord redeemed me. He graciously, bravely got on that cross and paid the price for my sin so I could live! He did that for you too! Let’s agree to never forget!
I am a helper. More specifically, I am a rescuer. The Lord has enabled me to be this way.
When I was a child, the story of the good Samaritan resonated with me deeply. I wondered how anyone could witness another human being in distress and just pass them by? Not me! I have lots of examples of incidents that I was able to come to someone’s rescue. I’m not talking about feats of heroism, I’m talking about just being aware of your surroundings so as to render aid when the need arises.
For example, when I was a sophomore in college for nursing, I arrived home after clinical just in time to witness a huge street fight break out at the end of my block. I was horrified to watch a bunch of men beating each other with baseball bats and clubs. I even witnessed one man swing a baseball bat at the head of another with such force as to drop that man like a sack of potatoes! Horrified into action, I ran into the house as fast as I could to call 911 and report the incident. My mom tried to stop me out of fear of being found out and possible reprisal, but I wouldn’t even hear of it!
We are all created for specific things we’re meant to do, a purpose. Because we’re created, God enables us to carry out the works we’re created for. All we have to do is show up and be willing to let God enable us. He won’t force us to do things we don’t want to do. So what is your thing? Are you willing to let God enable you to carry out the works he’s created you for?
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ‘Ephesians 2:10