Today I'm pondering Good Friday, and about what it cost Jesus to provide eternal life for us. I know He suffered beyond what words can describe - an immense pain we can't even begin to understand.
And yet what I sense today when I picture Him on the cross is His joyful presence...and my own gratitude for what He did for me, and you, and all of us.
I wonder how God views this day? A few verses came to mind (all NIV):
- As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
- Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! (Isaiah 43:18-19a)
Pondering on, I thought about other painful events we commemorate...
- Birthdays. "I remember the day you were born."
- Surgery. "A year ago today, I had major surgery."
- Trauma. "Five years ago today, I went through the most painful event in my life."
I can hear your wheels turning and see the shaking heads. And you're right. We don't celebrate the painful event itself, we celebrate...
- The life of the person who was born.
- Restored health.
- The healing we experienced as we overcame.
So today, on the commemorated anniversary of Jesus' violent death on the cross, we look at the end of the story.
And we celebrate!
Maybe that's why they call it Good Friday.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
TODAY'S CHALLENGE: These are my ponderings, I'd love to hear your thoughts. And, Happy Resurrection Day!!