by: Paul Gay
by Caleb Littlefield
We have read all week about the story that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus. I want to take a different approach of the crucifixion that will bring you joy.
Why is “Good Friday”?
Jesus died for our sins. God sacrificed His one and only Son just for you. Jesus was willing to give his life just for you. So that we can spend eternity with Him in heaven!
THIS is a Good Friday! THIS is a Great Friday! THIS is a Joyous Friday!
I was asked a few weeks about what my meaning of “joy” was. I pondered it a few moments then it came to me. My definition of joy is the following:
Joy (noun): Knowing that no matter what happens in this life, I will spend eternity in heaven with the creator of this universe, my savior, the king of kings!
Because of this Good Friday, I am willing to have this joy! No one will be able to steal this joy! No situation that I go through will be able to steal this joy! This is something you should continually praise God for!
You may be asking, “How can I get this joy?”. Let us look at Golgotha. There were three crosses hung on Golgotha on this Good Friday. The two crosses on the outside had sinners hanging from them and the third cross that was in the middle had the Son of God hanging from it.
In Luke 23: 39-43 we see a conversation that goes on between the two sinners and Jesus at the time of their deaths on the cross, “One of the criminals (sinners) hanging beside Him scoffed, “So you are the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself- and us, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes (sins), but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
These two sinners represent us. We have all sinned and we will all die. However, Jesus is always right beside us. He was willing to die an innocent death so we could have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. That is how much He loves each one of us! All we must do is to believe in Him and confess that He is the Son of God.
So, which sinner on the cross are you? One gets to spend eternity in paradise with Him and the other gets quite the opposite.
If you are unsure of which sinner you are hanging on the cross, do not wait to find out! Confess and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus hung on that cross for you. Jesus hung on that cross so that your sins would be washed away, and you would become a new person. Today is a great day receive the joy of His salvation!
It is time for believers to start living life with this joy! We can live in this joy because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Because of today, we now can spend eternity with Him! So, let this Good Friday turn into a Good Life! Let this Great Friday turn into a Great Life! Let this Joyous Friday turn into a Joyous Life!