Today our thoughts turn to a pivotal day in the history of mankind. Good Friday is the day when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The cross was not beautiful or blue. It is what Jesus did that makes it beautiful. John in the Gospel of John describes the horrific experience in only four words, “Here they crucified Him.”
Whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, Jesus died for all men. It is an astounding truth that deserves full acceptance.
Jesus came to save me from my sins. He came to give me life – eternal, abundant and free. But it was at a great cost.
Easter is when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead, but before Easter Sunday and the resurrection, there was death. One time when I was sharing this with someone, she said in a somber voice, “I did not know this.” Her earnest tone and serious face struck me to my heart and reminded me how utterly carefree I had become about what happened on Good Friday.
Jesus died on Good Friday, but it was only good because of the resurrection. Jesus is the One who conquered sin and death for me…he took the pain and suffering for my sin that I deserved.
A PRAYER to confess my sins
Jesus, while I may not fully comprehend the price you paid on the cross, I know you understand it fully. Please help me today to remember the great sacrifice and that on the cross I was on your mind. And it was all for love. If I had been the only one who needed salvation, you would have come for me. Thank you for loving me and dying on the cross for me. I come to you and accept the gift of eternal life. Forgive me of my sins – malice, envy, presumption, criticism, self-indulgence, complaining, lying, cheating, cravings.
Lord Jesus Christ, you alone can save me from my sins and give me eternal life. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and that you were raised on the third day. I believe that you are preparing a place for me so that when I die, you will receive me. I now accept you as my Savior and Lord.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. AMEN.