Friday, April 3, 2015

What’s So Good About GOOD FRIDAY?

Good Friday
As we countdown to Easter we understand that Jesus came to bring redemption and forgiveness of sins but, why did he have to suffer? As a kid I always wanted to know what was so good about Good Friday?

In the Old Testament, a lamb was offered as a sacrifice for sin. Jesus was the ultimate Lamb of God, slain for the sins of the whole world.
Throughout the Old Testament, a lamb was never beaten or mistreated in any way. A quick cut to the throat, the blood flowed on the altar and forgiveness was acquired. So, why did Jesus suffer? Wouldn’t His blood have been enough?
The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tell us that,
“We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,
but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”Hebrews 4:15

Jesus offers more than forgiveness, He offers understanding. He knows what it’s like to be tempted every way. He experienced injustice and abuse. His friends betrayed Him. He was spit at, mocked, stripped naked, beaten, and nailed to a tree as an act of humiliation before the masses. Jesus knows pain. He’s not immune to human suffering, He’s been there. Why was Jesus beaten? To join us.  Why was He abused? To join us. Why did Jesus suffer? Because, we all in one way or another have suffered.
After informing us that Jesus has experienced what we have, the writer of Hebrews encourages us to,
“Then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

How does it make you feel that Jesus loves us so much that he went through all he did on the hills at Calvary? GOOD. And that’s why it is Good Friday.  

Your pastor and partner in ministry,
I am preparing a special message series starting on Easter Sunday morning that will dig deeper into the the first ten chapters of the book of Acts and how they apply to life and faith today using video clips from the NBC mini-series “A.D.”
All are welcome to one of the two community wide celebrations at 9 and 10:45am and all guests will receive a special free gift. (If you are a regular C3 attander and you have a choice, please attend the 9am service)  

PLEASE INVITE A FRIEND, RELATIVE, CO-WORKER AND NEIGHBOR to this event designed to change our lives. Please use the invitation you were sent in the mail or were handed at church or share on Face Book the e-invite EASTER at Beach-Schmidt.
Easter Jesus

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