The Hope of the Cross

Good Friday . . . That phrase sounds contradictory to the events of the day. Jesus suffered the most on this day, abandoned by his disciples, beaten, mocked, and then experienced the worst execution known to the world only to feel complete separation from God as he called out, “My God, Why have you forsaken Me!”  Yet, all of these events had to happen for us to have the hope that we have today. You see our God is a just God and our sins had to be paid for. Jesus was our perfect sacrifice, our sins were placed on Him that day. It was our sins that pierced his body, our sins that caused Him to have to die. Yet, he willingly took our place as stated in Romans 5:8 “but God showed His love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”.

He died for us so that we could have life. He defeated death and sin that day on the Cross. Darkness surrounded the Earth, but Sunday was coming, and that is why we call it Good Friday. Without the events of this day, we wouldn’t have the hope that we have. So, friends, may I ask a question today, Do you have that hope? Have you experienced the joy of knowing that your sins are paid in full? The hope that can be found in the darkest days is from accepting Jesus as your Savior. So this Good Friday I am asking do you want that hope? Simply, all you have to do is believe that Jesus died on that cross for you and that you need Him to forgive you of your sins, ask Him into your heart and let His love radiate through you.

Dear Lord, The darkest day of your life brought hope to mankind. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we could have life. Lord, I pray that those who read these words today will sense your presence and accept the love that you are offering. Lord resurrection Sunday is coming for all of us one day and what a blessed day that will be. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.

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