We are so excited and honored to celebrate Easter this Sunday. We hope each member of our Kanakuk family spends this Sunday rejoicing in our risen Lord and surrounded by loved ones. But before Sunday arrives, it’s important that we remember another very important day of the Easter season: Good Friday.
On Good Friday, we remember the day Jesus took on the punishment of sin and was crucified on the cross. This event took place just three long days before He would rise from the dead, leave His tomb empty, to later rejoin His Father in Heaven. While it may seem unusual to remember the sad events of this day by describing it as “good,” it’s not Jesus’ death itself but rather the victory resulting from his death that inspires the word “good.” Good Friday is called “good,” because the events of this day rewrote our history and made it possible for us to have eternal life in Heaven. It is “good” because we know that after Good Friday comes Easter!
As Christians, Good Friday is the perfect opportunity for us to pause and reflect on what the cross means to us. Before Jesus, the cross was simply two pieces of wood. However, on Good Friday, the cross took on a whole new meaning when Jesus was nailed to it, ultimately dying in our place for our sins. Perhaps even more powerful than the cross itself were the final words Jesus spoke from it, as we read in John 19:30:
“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!...’
Jesus’ final words on the cross on remind us that His death was the plan all along. His death meant that His first mission on Earth was complete. The reality is that our broken, sin-filled world needed a savior – one, permanent sacrifice. God loves us so much that He sent His one and only and perfect son, Jesus Christ, to be the final sacrifice we needed to receive God’s grace. Jesus’ death paid for our sins once and for all, so that as long as we believe in Him and recognize that He is our savior, we can spend eternity in Heaven. These verses from John 3:16-17 and Romans 5:8 describe our salvation story perfectly:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
So, on this Good Friday, we encourage you to take a couple minutes, free from noise and distractions, to abide in the meaning of this day and consider what the cross means to you. How loved are we that Jesus gave His life and God gave His Son just for us to live freely and victoriously! Rest today in the amazingly good feeling that God’s love for us is bigger— bigger than hurt, bigger than hardship, bigger even than death. And don’t forget, Sunday is coming!