At the end of every work week, you’re apt to hear someone say, “Thank God, it’s Friday!” Some people even start out on Monday thinking, If Richard Roberts can just make it to Friday. But there’s one Friday that’s better than all the rest. It’s the Friday before Resurrection Sunday…and it’s come to be known as Good Friday.

It didn’t look very good!

Good Friday was the day when Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to a cross. It’s the day when our Lord was beaten beyond recognition, and had a spear thrust into His side. It’s the day when Jesus died on a cross. What we call Good Friday looked like a terrible day for Jesus and His disciples. It was a day when the air turned cold and the sky turned black at noonday. It was a day when hopes for the future were dashed to the ground. It looked like a day to end all days!
In Jesus’ time of greatest need, His disciples ran away and deserted Him, afraid to even acknowledge knowing who He was. And, for a time, the Bible says that God himself even turned His back on His Son Jesus (Matthew 27:46). What’s so good about Good Friday? The fact that Jesus went to the Cross in our place. The One who knew no sin became sin for us so that, through the power of His resurrection, we could be set free from sin’s evil power (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took the stripes on His back…so that we could be healed from sickness and disease (1 Peter 2:24). When you understand the purpose for Jesus’ dying on the Cross, there’s plenty that’s good about Good Friday!

Sunday was on its way!

The cross was a terrible, agonizing experience for the Lord. But Jesus knew that if He didn’t go to the Cross, there would be no salvation for all mankind. There would be no healing for you and me. There would be no miracles. There would be no Resurrection. The miraculous power of the Cross would never take place. Jesus endured the Cross for a reason—because of the joy that was set before Him, Hebrews 12:2 tells us—because He knew Resurrection Sunday was coming!
On Sunday morning, Jesus burst forth from the grave, breaking the bonds and power of death. Through His death and resurrection, He had defeated satan and his power over our lives once and for all. Colossians 2:15 NIV says God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.

And because Jesus lives, we can live also. Through the power of His resurrection we can have the abundant life that He wants us to have, by receiving Him into our lives as our Lord and Savior.

Jesus came for you

If you’ve never given your heart to Jesus and asked Him to take control of your life, I want to invite you to do so now. Romans 10:9 says, If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Just pray this simple prayer with me: Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I, Richard Roberts, repent of my sins, and I ask You to forgive me. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. I give you my life, and I ask You to make it into something beautiful.

Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for me and Your Holy Spirit to live inside of me. And most of all, thank You for saving me and giving me eternal life with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer from your heart, you are now a new creation in Christ. What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT).

You are what’s so good about Good Friday!

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