Updated April 10: Watch a replay of Will Graham’s Good Friday message.
As we prepare to celebrate Easter, it may be difficult or seem strange not to be in church with so many services cancelled due to COVID-19. Or maybe you’re not a regular church attender, but you’re wondering about God because of the current circumstances.
Good Friday Message
Will Graham and Aaron Shust share a message from the Billy Graham Library.
You can watch online wherever you are as Will Graham brings a hope-filled message live from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’ll be joined by musical artist Aaron Shust as the pair focus on the significance of this day, called Good Friday. It’s the day Jesus Christ died on the cross.
What’s so good about that?
“The cross changed everything,” Will Graham said. “If it wasn’t for the cross, we’d be isolated from God, we would still be estranged from God, without hope.”
It’s sin that separates us from God, but when Jesus—who lived a sinless life—went to the cross, He took the world’s sins upon Himself. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our wrongdoing and made a way for us to be reconciled with a holy God.
“The cross is what gives us hope because it tells us our sins have been dealt with once for all eternity,” Graham said.
But Jesus didn’t stay dead on the cross; He was buried and rose again just a few days later—what Christians call the resurrection. That’s what we celebrate on Easter. Jesus defeated death, meaning everyone who puts their faith in Him will live with Him for eternity.
“The resurrection is the exclamation mark on the death of Christ,” Graham explained. “That’s why we call it Good Friday. … He died so we could live.”
“We’re commanded in Scripture to remember Christ’s death and His resurrection,” he continued. When Christians take Communion, for example, they’re to remember what Jesus did on the cross.
Graham will spend a few minutes during his message talking about one particular person in the story of the crucifixion.