Broken. Beaten. Bruised. Despised. Rejected. This was, and still is the Savior of the world. He died so that we may live. Follow along in this blogpost to learn more about Jesus, and what He did for us.
John 15:13 states this: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Good Friday represents Jesus Christ's crucifixion. A lot of people think it's an excuse to get off of work, but let me tell you...it's such a sacred day as we remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus? You might ask.
John 3:16 (along with many other passages in the Gospels) clearly states that Jesus was God's Son. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus came down from heaven (a perfect place full of peace and harmony) to our wicked sinful earth, so that we could have a way to meet Him in Heaven and live forever. That seems a lot like love. I mean...would you want to leave a perfect place to die an awful death for sinful humans? But I'm so glad that Jesus did, because without Him I would have no escape from an awful place called hell.
You may be not be following me and I hope I can make it clearer for you.
Jesus was a perfect man, never sinned, never cussed someone out, never got into a fight. When people refused Him, He fled and left them alone. He didn't shove Christianity down other's throats, He showed only love and compassion. Yet, because people didn't like Jesus, they claimed He was a "threat." They falsely accused Him and blamed Him of so many things that He didn't do. But you see, this was all a part of God's will, because (going back to John 3:16 here) out of love He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for you and I.
A sinless man was sent to be crucified on a gruesome Friday. Soldiers plucked His beard. People spat on Jesus. They beat Him. Shoved a crown of thorns into His skull. They mocked Him. They drove two nails into His wrists and nailed His feet into a wooden cross. They dropped Him down into a hole made for the cross to sit in. Jesus suffocated on a cross out of love to save others. He died an unjust death to justify me and you. He literally went through hell for us.
Whilst going through this pain and agony Jesus cried out to God, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Jesus asked God to forgive the same people who had turned their backs on Jesus. The ones who had mocked Him and put Him to death. How great of a friend! How great of a love! It's not comprehendible!
The thief hanging on the left side of Jesus mocked Him. The one on right side asked God to remember Him when Jesus died. Jesus said, TODAY you shall be with me in paradise. And isn't that a comfort?! No matter our past, no matter our sins, no matter our situation and circumstance, Jesus can intervene and make things okay.
How does this give you a hope? What does His death mean?
Without a sacrifice, there would be no way to reach God. God sent His Son as a sacrifice for everyone. It's free. And all we have to do is simply reach out and accept the life that Jesus has for us. It takes a humble and broken heart. You have to know that your sins put Jesus on that cross. But because He loves you, He forgives. He's willing to forget your sins. I encourage you to live the life He has for you, because your soul is too precious and He has provided an escape from an awful place called hell. All you have to do is reach out and leave your sins in the past. Jesus' grace covers! Leave your life of self-pleasure to seek God and eternal pleasure in the presence of God.
How amazing it is to know that when we nailed Him to that cross, we were on His mind?! That's true love.
But Jesus doesn't stay in the grave you see. Be on the lookout for a special blogpost on Easter Sunday, Part 2 of this amazing Man named Jesus. Explaining how I have hope, and how you do too.
Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!