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What's So Good About Good Friday?


Throughout history we have seen good days but also dark and bad days. It was a dark day when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden which caused sin to come in the world, the serpent was cursed, the state of the woman was changed (motherhood/pain), the hardship of man, the earth cursed, sorrow of life itself, physical death, spiritual death. It was a dark day when God destroyed humankind with the flood. It was a dark day on April 15, 1912 aboard the Titanic. It was a dark day on December 7, 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour.


BUT, 2000 years ago was the worst day in history. It was the day Jesus died. So what's so good about it? Jesus was killed in a horrible way for OUR sins.


I think a lot of people like to bypass the ugly and get right to Easter. Crucifixion is a punishment in which a victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until their death. When Jesus was crucified, they hit him in the head (Matthew 27:30) pushing the crown of thorns in his head. He would begin to bleed profusely. The thorns also would cause damage to the nerve that supplied the face causing intense pain down his face and neck. Death usually happens within 6 hours due to scourging and maiming, dehydration causing shock and more pain plus progressive asphyxia. His flesh was already torn to shreds which exposed bones and internal organs and his beard was ripped from his face. Oh, let's not forget the humiliation. He became so weak that he could not hold himself up to take a breath.....and HE DID THIS FOR YOU AND ME.


During Good Friday, take time to consider what Jesus suffered for you and me. Once you do this, Easter Sunday will mean so much to you because HE overcame death and the grave. That terrible Friday is Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus who became the final, complete sacrifice for our sins.


This Easter is a perfect time to allow Jesus to come into your life or rededicate your life to Him. Happy Easter!

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