On the 6th day of the week, almost 2000 years ago. A man hung among two thieves who became the centerpiece of the Universe. Jesus Christ, God’s Son suffered and died for you and me. He bleed on that hill called Calvary for our sins. Our beloved Saviour gave his life for you and me. But, Why do we called it a Good Friday?
Why is it Good Friday?
To understand why it is a Good Friday we must understand the reason behind this great act of love. Sin had entered our beautiful world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and eat the forbidden fruit (Gen 3). Since then human kind had a spiral down in all sorts of wickedness against God and man. We have broken every command of God. And the penalty of this disobedience was death. But God, in His grace and mercy, loved us so much that he choose to put a plan of action. He first had the people of Israel offer sacrifices for their sins to be forgiven. Every time they sinned, the High Priest would have to offer sacrifices on behalf of the nation of Israel. In the first five books of the Bible, records these laws of Sin offering made to God. If the sacrifice had any abnormality or blemish and spots, then the offering would be rejected (Ex.12:5 ; 22:19-
Why was all this necessary?
Because God cannot tolerate sin. And with God there is Life, without God there is no Life. But Sin causes a separation from God which means death. When we sin against God or other or even ourselves, we are destroying little by little what God had made beautiful. Since sin causes death, in the act of sacrifice something must die on our behalf to stand in the gap for atonement and reconcile us back to God.
In the old testament it was the duty of the High priest to offer sacrifices for the people, to stand in the gap on their behalf. All these are types which points towards what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Why was it a Good Friday?
By this one great act of Love, Jesus’ sacrifice once and for all removes sin from our life. We are no longer burdened by the guilt, shame, suffering of sin in our lives. He was the spotless, unblemished Lamb of God (Jn 1:29) who takes away the sins of the world to grant us Peace and Life.
What’s the Good News?
Anyone can avail of Jesus’ sacrificial offering. Anyone means Anyone. This is not restricted to a specific group of people. But to all of Mankind. All we need to do is Believe in The Lord Jesus, repent and confess our sins, and sincerely seek forgiveness for our sins. Ask him to come into our Heart and make us a new person. The old sinful life has died on the Cross. We have new life in the Resurrection.
“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
St Teresa Kolkata
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