Happy Good Friday!
Getting up this morning was difficult and a delight all at the same time. Around 5:30am, as I made my way to our front porch swing with my Bible and cup of coffee, I sat there and thought …
I know where Jesus was last night and in the early morning hours on this day thousands of years ago. At midnight, He was agonizing in the garden for what lay ahead of Him … due to my sins. He was praying to His Father, “May this cup be taken from me, yet not as I will but as you will.” Then as the early morning hours began to pass, He was being arrested, then betrayed by one of His best friends, Peter. He was soon standing in front of a High Priest being questioned. Then He endured the shouts, “Crucify! Crucify!”, by His own creations. Then the beatings, the torturing, the 39 lashes with a whip would’ve been carried out against Jesus’ body and then as He carried His cross, He knew what would soon be placed on His body. The sins of the world. And it was at the high noon hour when my Jesus was hanging on a cross crying out to His Father, “It is finished.” And then He died.
And for you.
Tears still at this moment roll down my face to think of what Jesus did for the world. “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
He did it. He did what He had been sent to this earth to do – to be the Savior of the world. To be my Savior. Your Savior. Hebrews 12:2 says He endured the cross and its shame for the JOY that was before Him. That joy that was set before Him was the joy of being the Redeemer! Our Redeemer! “…Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Heb. 12:2.
John 19:28-30 says, “Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
That is why on this day – on this most sacred day we call Good Friday, I want to ask all of us to spend the day worshipping our Lord! The One who finished the mission of His Father’s heart. The One who bowed His head and gave up His spirit. Will you today worship Him for completing the work of the cross? Worship Him and praise Him for what He did for you…He came to pay the price, the penalty for our sins – death. He did it! Oh, how worthy is the Lamb that was slain!
I am working at the house today – got cleaning, studying, and writing to do but in and through it all, my mind and my heart will be arrested by the Gift of Salvation that Jesus has made possible for me. As I think of Jesus being in that garden of Gethsemane praying to the point of sweating blood, being beaten and bruised, and then being crucified with nails in his hands and feet into a wooden cross, my emotional self can’t hardly stand it. Oh, where would I be, where would any of us be if thousands of years ago on THIS day, Jesus had abandoned His mission? We’d be destined for eternal desolation and condemnation!
Yes, my cup overflows with unconstrained gratitude that I MUST sing as I work! My cup overflows because this is a most holy day that we get to celebrate with godly sorrow and delight. I want to give Him all my love and sacrifices of worship! I want to give Him everything my hands find to do today as my praise offering for all He has done so that I can live in restored peace with God. So we can all have restored peace with God and be able to approach His throne with confidence and boldness. Because Jesus saw the cross to the end, we can live forgiven and live redeemed! My cup overflows with restored joy! And I can’t wait for Resurrection Day we call EASTER!
This is my heart’s song right now…as I think of Jesus on that cross, I must sing this…will you join me?