Today is Good Friday, a day we set aside to remember Jesus' death on the cross for us.
I think about how the disciples must have felt, watching their Master be killed on the cross. With nothing they could do to stop it. Watching their dreams and hopes for the future crumble as His blood dripped down the cross.
Being on the other side, we have hope on this day; we know the end of the story. But the disciples didn't.
To them, the cross did not symbolize hope and redemption. It stood for tyranny, death, and the loss of their dreams.
To us, it has a different meaning, but even though we know the ending to that heartbreaking day, sometimes we miss the message as well.
What does the cross truly say?
The cross doesn't just say, "You're loved"; It says, "You're forgiven."
When we accept Christ as our Savior, He breaks our chains. The chains of sin. The chains of fear. The chains of condemnation.
The cross says, "You're free."
There are three important truths we need to remember this Good Friday:
1. The Cross Calls Us to Action
Jesus' work on the cross is an amazing gift, but few choose to accept it.
At Christmas, we all exchange gifts. Imagine I gave you a gift. I say to you, "I am so excited to give this to you!" As I hold it out to you, I urge you to please take it.
But instead of reaching for it, you pull back.
How do you think I would feel?
How do you think God feels?
The gifts we give on earth can never compare to the unfathomable gift of Jesus Christ. He gave His life, and holds salvation out to you. But we hesitate.
Don't hesitate to accept His gift. For it to be yours, you need to accept it. Don't wait one more day. As His arms stretched wide on the cross. He extended to you the gift to become His child forever.
2. "It Is Finished."
Do you feel weighed down by your past? Lost in the memories of your failures?
You don't need to live there anymore.
If you have given your life to Christ, you're free. Forgiven. Cleansed. Redeemed.
When Jesus uttered the words, "It is finished," He paid the price for our sins, took our shame, and clothed us in His grace.
If you feel condemned, look up to the risen Lord. You're His. And He looks on you as His child who He loves. Which leads to...
3. You're Loved and Forgiven
Do you feel separated from God? Like you can't connect anymore?
You don’t have to stay that way.
Maybe God is calling us to move higher, to trust Him, or maybe we’re not listening well. But God is holding out His forgiveness and love for a second chance. He wants a personal, day-by-day relationship with us.
He is only a prayer away.
The cross says that we are not only loved unmeasurably, but we can be forgiven and our sins remembered no more.
The cross is the open door to love and forgiveness.
What does the cross truly say?
It says: receive the gift of love and forgiveness. Jesus' arms are outstretched for you. You can be forgiven.
Spend some time this Good Friday remembering the amazing gift of His love and forgiveness.
Hi! My name is Hannah, and I enjoy playing piano, writing, hanging out with my family, and spending time with my Lord and Savior. Hope you are blessed!