Today is Good Friday and I am starting out my morning with some biscotti and a cup of coffee. It’s a beautiful day!
Remembering Jesus’ death on the cross two thousand years ago hardly seems appropriate today, a beautiful day, until I realize that his sacrifice became my blessing. He lost so much so I could have everything.
When that tragic moment arrived, it’s almost as though God said, “I refuse to let my light shine on this event.” Darkness covered the land (Mark 15:33-41). Jesus’ last words were the cry of the forsaken. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
I have always wondered at these words. What were their significance? And why would God forsake his son at this moment when he had already been abandoned by everyone else?
I don’t know if an answer is possible, but I do know three things!
He was forsaken and I was found!
Not just me. You too!
Scripture declares my guilt. Jesus was forsaken because of sin, humanities sin, which when followed down to the minute finds me. Whatever happened at that moment on the cross, one thing is clear. The Father momentarily left or turned away from his son. I imagine that it was the moment when sin was poured on Jesus and it was crucified. Jesus felt judgement for sin. It was more terrible that the torture of the cross itself.
And I, dead me, sinner me, lost me, had a doorway to heaven opened. The veil, that dividing wall, between the Father and I was torn. He lost the presence of the father so I could have the presence of the father.
He was cursed I was blessed!
Romans 4:7 reminds me that the blessed are those who have their sins forgiven. My blessing came when he was cursed. Galatians 3:13 says that Jesus redeemed us from curse by becoming a curse for us.”
He died, experienced death in the worst way, so that I can live!
His death was for me (and you) so that we could live free, free from the curse of sin, it’s bondage, and all of the selfishness that comes with it.
I don’t know how to process everything that Jesus did for me on the cross. My response though will be praise!
I am enjoying my cup of coffee this morning while praising God for his beautiful, wonderful, and redemptive plan. The biscotti is gone. It was good! A great way to start a day. Yes, the coffee and biscotti were a great way to start the day, but what I am talking about is praising God for the beautiful gift of Jesus!
“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story… let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:2,8
Take a moment to thank God in prayer! If you want, pray it out loud in the comment section below or let me know your thoughts.