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Friday, March 25, 2016

Think About It

It’s A Good Good Friday
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Good Friday is the day that Christians celebrate the crucifixion of Christ. So why do they call it “Good”. Perhaps the best explanation came through a simple cartoon where one of the characters was saying that he didn’t understand why they called the day that Jesus hung on a cross good, in fact he actually stated that he hated the expression. His friend replied, “If you were going to be hung on that day and he volunteered to take your place, how would you feel?” “Good” said his friend. With that, his friend turned to walk away and said, “Have a nice day.”

The entire point in Christianity is that God provides what man cannot. In all other religions, it is up to man to do what is pleasing and right for their God. Simply put, by doing good, one earns their position with God. Christianity does not work that way. Instead it is acknowledging that we can’t live up to the expectations that we surrender. It is in the understanding that we are sinners and that redemption isn’t something we can obtain through self-effort. Rather it is a gift, one that is extended to all, but received by few.

Jesus said, “the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it” (Matthew 7:14). Why? Because it’s a life of faith and as a people, we take pride in what we do. How many find it difficult to receive? Yet, that is what Christ is asking, that we receive his free gift, eternal life, (John 3:16).

Prior to the crucifixion, Pilate asked if the crowd wanted Jesus to be set free or another man who was scheduled to be crucified name Barabbas. They called for Barabbas to be released. Interestingly the Scriptures are silent as to how Barabbas responded to the free gift of life that was extended to him that day. He like many today, probably scoffed at it with contempt and disdain. After all, he had importance and status. Both the Jews and the Romans hated him because he was an insurrectionist and he probably went back to doing what he always did. Living a self-centered life. Are we any different? Think about it.

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