Passion Week 2012.
As I approach Good Friday this year, I remember what I tweeted last year and am even now more convinced than ever that on Good Friday, we should reflect on the most important day for you and me in all of human history. Granted, this is my opinion. Some may think Easter or Christmas or some other day is the most meaningful. But, when I consider what God did for us on Good Friday all those years ago, it takes my breath away.
I was separated from God with no humanly way to approach Him without dying. It simply was not possible. I would perish, be snuffed out of existence in His very presence. I am not perfect and never have been and never will be. But God, who is perfect, in His divine and personal love for me, decided that He wanted me to be able to be in fellowship and relationship with Him. Forever.
To accomplish this, His very words had become human flesh like mine in the person of His Son, Jesus. So, God, through his human form Jesus, took on Himself all of the human pain, punishment and death that was rightfully mine for all of my disobedience. He took my place on the cross. But, even more than that (yes, even more than that), God’s sacrifice of His son Jesus restored me to fellowship and a living relationship with Him.
God’s plan would not be thwarted. Jesus would be raised from the grave on Easter morning. However, as of Good Friday, the penalty for my failure and indebtedness had been paid, and I was restored to communion with the Father. The veil of the Holy of Holies in the earthly temple was rent from top to bottom, and the presence of God was “unveiled” for me. By means of His own death, Jesus provided a way for me to approach my heavenly Father for the first time on my own without immediately being consumed by His wrath. What incredible love!
Praise God for Jesus’ resurrection! But Easter is about what God did for His son Jesus; while Good Friday is about what God and Jesus did for me. Easter for me is simply the bonus for being “in Christ.” Through His resurrection, I am raised with Jesus victorious over sin and death, and get to share with Jesus all of the blessings and reward heaped upon Him by our Father. But through His death on Good Friday, I now have fellowship with God.
So, not to get all doctrinally jumbled or cause a ruckus, let me just say, I believe that Good Friday is the most meaningful, important day in all of human history. I hope those of you that took the few seconds to read this will take a few minutes at least to reflect on what Good Friday means to you. Have a great Easter weekend!
I was about to post this again, and I wanted to add something that I have been thinking about for the past few months. As wonderful as Good Friday was/is for us, the story really isn’t about us. It was and has always been about God. We benefited from Him wanting a relationship with us. He reconciled us to Him, not for our sakes, but because that is what HE wanted. Praise His Name!
God, in the person of His son, died so that the wedge (created by our sin nature) between Him and us could be removed. God actually died in fleshly form so that He could have fellowship with us. Do you realize your worth to God and how He must see you? You are worth everything to Him!
 Jn 1:14a: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
 1 Pet 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
 Rom 5:10: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
 Mt. 27:51
 Ex. 26:31-33
 Rom. 8:2
 Eph. 2:6-7
 2 Cor. 5:18-19: All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
 Jn. 15:13