DAY 5

It’s Good Friday. The day Jesus was rejected, beaten, crucified, and buried. A humiliating death. So what could possibly be good about it? While the word “good” literally mean “holy” Friday, here are just a few more inspirational thoughts…

Without a crucifixion there would be no resurrection. This is so key for you and me on our journeys. We can never understand the grace, mercy, forgiveness, and goodness of God in our own lives, unless we experience some “not so good” things. If you look at it from another perspective, those dead things and dark places in our lives, can still find hope knowing that God can bring hope to any situation.

Jesus experienced everything we have experienced and more. Hebrews 4 tells us that “Jesus was tempted in every way just as we are, yet was without sin.” The author of Hebrews is also very clear that Christ’s life on earth served the purpose of him being able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” This is crucial to the Christian faith. Today is “good” because we know we have a Savior that, through his life and through his death, understands every hardship and temptation we could ever face.

PRAYER FOCUS/ACTION STEP

Take some time today to thank God for all that Easter represents—grace, forgiveness, new life, hope. Don’t ask God for anything today, just thank him for everything.

Carl Nichols

About Carl Nichols

A native of south Atlanta, Carl has a passion for God, Julie, and sports. He and Julie have two sons, Jase and Trey. They have a heart to see people understand how crazy God is about them! Carl is the Lead Pastor at Relevant.

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