It’s Good Friday.
This is the day we remember what Jesus did for us. A day to reflect on what he willingly suffered and endured. He wasn’t forced. He wasn’t coerced. In fact, it was what he came to earth to do, 33 years early. It was the culmination of his purpose here on this planet.
Here are a few things knew he would endure, and what we are celebrating today:
- Jesus knew he was going to be abandoned by those he loved and trusted the most
- Jesus knew he was going to be beaten beyond recognition
- Jesus knew he was going to be ridiculed
- Jesus knew his closest friend would deny even knowing him
- Jesus knew his friends and others he loved would be scattered, confused and afraid
- Jesus knew we was going to physically suffer
- Jesus knew that he was going to die an excruciating death
Jesus knew all of this, and more. Yet he chose to go through with it. Why? Because it was necessary for him to pave the way for us to be forgiven and spend eternity with him.
So, what can we learn from this, other than God’s love for us?
Expect to suffer in this life, and expect to endure it.
In John 15:20 Jesus says: “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”
Being a follower of Jesus shouldn’t make you popular to most people. Those you minister to will love you, but many others, even from within the church, will hate you. Just like the Pharisees hated Jesus.
Expect to give up everything in order to follow Jesus
In Luke 14:26 Jesus warned us: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.”
It’s a trade: your life on this earth for eternal life with Jesus. You have to give up chasing this world, and chase after him! Be sure of this: If you are holding on to something in this world, God will require you to give it up. Not because he doesn’t love you, but because you cant serve two masters. You can love God AND love this world. (Matthew 6:24)
Expect others to not understand
Most people who claim to be Christians are more like church attenders. They won’t understand your commitment to follow Christ. They misinterpret Luke 9:23 to mean that they have to deny that they can earn their way to heaven, instead of understanding that they truly have to deny themselves and any attachment to this world.
Just like Jesus, at some point along this journey you will be standing alone. People will disagree with you, or even oust you from the group you used to be included in. It’s during these times that you will have the opportunity to grow and increase in your faith.
Expect that good will come
So, what is so good about Good Friday? I’m glad you asked!
Jesus went through the worst of w worst, but proved a spiritual principle that we find in Romans 8:28. ALL THINGS work together for good for those of us who stay on the path.
Right now, things might be looking bleak, but redemption is on its way.
It’s Good Friday; a very Good Friday! We have a lot to contemplate, a lot to be grateful for, and proof that as long as we remain faithful, everything will work out for good!