Good Friday, Our Most Holy Holiday
Good Friday is the most holy day that that a Christian can celebrate
Good Friday is an often missed holiday by Christians today. We spend a lot of time thinking about Christmas and Easter, but not a lot of time thinking about Good Friday. This isn’t just a shame, this is a tragedy. Good Friday is the most holy day that a Christian can celebrate.
Good Friday is when we celebrate Jesus’ death. If you are new to Christianity (or not yet a believer) you might be wondering why we would want to celebrate His death. Usually you celebrate the birth or the accomplishments of someone you admire, not their death.
Jesus didn’t come to the earth to live a good life. He didn’t come to be a good teacher. He didn’t even come to heal people who were blind or had leprosy. Even though He did all of that, Jesus came to earth to die. His whole mission was to have all of the sins and curses of humanity cast on Him, so that He could be sacrificed and die. In His death, humanity was given the opportunity to have it’s sins forgiven so that we could live eternally with Christ.
The sacrifice God made for you and me was when Jesus was beaten and died on a cross.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24
John 3:16 is almost universally known. Even many non Christians can quote it. Good Friday is the day that we celebrate John 3:16. When the verse says that God gave His Son, it isn’t talking about Jesus being born, it’s talking about when Jesus dies. It didn’t take a lot of love to let His Son be born on Earth, the sacrifice God made for you and me was when Jesus was beaten and died on a cross.
Jesus had been betrayed by one of His disciples. He was taken by guards to Pilate where even though he found no fault in Jesus, Pilate had Him beaten almost to death. They mocked Jesus by putting a robe on Him, calling Him a king, then ramming a crown of thorns into His head. The solders made Jesus carry a huge wooden cross down the streets of the city, all the way to the outskirts of town where they laid Him on it. They took nails and hammered them into His hands and feet, all the way into the cross. The cross was lifted up so that Jesus was hanging by the nails. For hours He hung there.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus was tortured and made to die in the most horrible way anyone at that time could think of. All the weight of every sin that you or I, or anyone who ever lived has committed, every curse that anyone has ever been cursed, was put on Jesus. Jesus bore all sickness, all poverty, all shame and all death when he hung there. And even worse, He felt the rejection of His own Father, God, as He waited to die.
When Jesus died, it wasn’t in vein. Jesus died so that you and I could be saved.
When we sin, we buy our way into hell. Just one bad thought is enough to keep you from being with God. We cannot and will not ever be pure enough to keep ourselves from damnation. Jesus died so that we don’t have to. He died so that our sins would be paid for before we ever committed them.
Good Friday is the most holy day you and I could ever have the opportunity to celebrate. It’s more holy than Christ’s birth (Christmas), it’s even more holy that when He rose from the dead (Easter). Good Friday is our day of salvation. Jesus died the death that we deserved. He was rejected by God, so that we can be accepted by God.This Good Friday, take some time to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for you
Don’t let this Good Friday be just another day. Don’t let it be the last work day before Easter. This Good Friday, take some time to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for you. If you can, read through the crucifixion account (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19) and try to let what Jesus did for you sink into your spirit. Then thank Him for it. Thank Jesus for the gift that He gave you, and what that gift cost Him.
I’ve said this many times already, Good Friday is the most holy day of the year. It is the day that you and I were given our salvation. Don’t let Good Friday come and go without taking some time to acknowledge and celebrate it.