What is it about one man that causes every shopping mall, commercial business, grocery store and public service to grind to a halt? How is he so special that a third of the world worships him in nearly every corner of the planet? Why is he subject to so much debate, ridicule, and intrigue all at the same time? What makes what he did on Good Friday and Easter 2000 years ago so pivotal in turning the world upside down?
Most of you reading this already know the answer. Jesus Christ, the sinless God-Man died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins on Good Friday. He then came back to life 3 days on Easter. This proved God’s authority over death and also that believers could follow in his resurrection after death (1 Corinthians 15).
But let me ask us this; are you affected by any of this? Do you see the depth of your sins before an almighty God? Do you shed a tear when you see Jesus on the Cross? Do you sing a Hallelujah chorus at the thought of his resurrection?
Or, are you just filling in seats this Good Friday and Easter? That you’re going through the motions, but not going through the passion. That you’ve claimed to have seen it all, but never truly experiencing it all. That you’ve said to have seen the cross, but never sat by the cross. If this is the case, may I suggest that Good Friday and Easter has no longer become special to you.
I have to admit, many church services make Easter out to be boring. No passion, conviction, or direction within the church leadership and congregation, I would argue that is sin in itself. But the fault of boredom also lies within our own hearts. If we spend no time to reflect and worship God at what he did for us at the cross – that is a great travesty; church has become a hobby. As one person recently quoted to me, ‘when my husband said [on Easter], “what show shall we see next?” I knew something was wrong’.
If this is the case for you, I pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal these truths to you:
- Our human nature is pure evil. There is no good within us. All we care about is ourselves (Jeremiah 17:9)
- The only thing we rightly deserve is hell
- There is no reason Jesus should save you or me
- Not all people get a fair chance to accept Jesus. Life is not fair
- We should of been beaten to a bloody pulp, not Jesus
- The Romans/Jews did not crucify Jesus, our sins did
- Jesus on the cross gave eternal life to someone who never did anything good (Luke 23:43)
- Jesus was forsaken so that we would never be (Matthew 27:46)
- Jesus paid the penalty of all our sins – past, future, present
When we see how evil we really are, and undeserving of God’s forgiveness, that’s when I believe Good Friday and Easter becomes special to us. It’s when we can say, ‘I am the great sinner, and Christ is the great savior’.
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