Today, millions of Christians around the world will celebrate what we have come to call “Good Friday” – the day almost 2,000 years ago that the Roman authorities condemned Jesus Christ and then executed Him by nailing Him to a cross.
Why do we call it “Good Friday”? We don’t call it that because Jesus’ death was a joyous occasion – for it wasn’t. We call it “Good Friday” because on that day the greatest event in human history took place: Jesus Christ won our salvation by taking upon Himself the sins of the world. He was without sin – but on the cross He willingly took upon Himself your sins and my sins, and He endured the judgment and Hell that we deserve. We deserve to die for our sins – but He died in our place.
You see, only one thing separates us from God – and that is our sin. We can’t erase our own sins, nor can we do anything to make ourselves acceptable to God. If we are to be saved, God alone can do it – and He did, in Jesus Christ! The Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). There was no other way for us to be saved, for only in Christ are God’s justice and love fulfilled.
Take time today to reflect on Jesus Christ and His death for you. Then by faith invite Him to come into your life. When He does, He’ll forgive your sins and make you part of His family forever. Don’t let another day go by without Christ.