Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross at the hands of those that wanted to crucify him.
It’s easy to forget.
It’s easy to pretend we do not know Him.
It’s easy to walk away from the realization and the completeness of what Jesus did for us. Reflect, and you will know just how significant it was.
Any one of us could be Peter, who said he would not deny Jesus, but would deny Jesus three times before the rooster crowed the next morning – the day Jesus was crucified on the cross at Calvary.
Any one of us could be taken by Satan, as was Judas Iscariot. And what is most impressive is Jesus knew it would be Judas.
…Hurry and do what you’re going to do (John 13:27)
It’s absolutely humbling to know that Jesus knows each and every one of us, and despite the fact He knows everything about us, He still loves us.
Let’s let that sink in.
Did we deserve what He did that fateful day at Calvary? Of course not.
Do we deserve to be human and forget? No. But do we? Yes.
Do we make fun and mock what Jesus represents and downplay the significance of shedding His blood? Often, yes.
And then, every once in a while we are hit with the magnitude of what His sacrifice really means. He might even remind us, and we must drop to our knees.
But it is not the “mechanics” of religion that is important. It is you and Him in your prayer closet that counts. Talk to Him in private.
For it is not the drive of social status or pomp of religion that He is looking for in you. Remember the least of us will be the greatest. This means the one that puts God’s will before his own, and reflects less on his own accomplishments and more on his mission will have served the best.
For as Jesus’ time on earth drew to a close, He made a point to show the true nature of what it’s all about. He washed the feet of his disciples to show that sacrifice, and putting others before yourself is the most important thing you can give in this world.
It is for you to have a relationship with Him.
As we enter into these challenging times ahead, seek and ye shall find.
I realize that not all of us share this vision.
I only ask that if you are not convinced that Jesus died for us all, that you keep an open mind.
Think of Saul of Tarsus, as he walked the Damascus road, as the biggest persecutor of Christians, and how he was met by God. It changed his life forever. He, if you don’t know became the apostle Paul.
And if Paul had not been a tremendous sinner, he probably wouldn’t have been as good a follower of the Lord as he was. He would not likely have had as much to say or write.
God uses us in our weakness and imperfections. We will not know the reason we do what we do, but we know we do it in His name. It is for Him to decide what for and why.
So, on this Good Friday, whether you believe or not, be still.
Be still, and know that He is God.