What will you be doing at 3 pm today?
Will you be contemplating the end of your workday and your commute home?
Will you be cleaning your house for your weekend guests?
How about packing up the car and heading down I95 like all the other Easter weekend travelers?
Maybe doing some last minute shopping for the finishing touches on your child's Easter basket?
At 3 pm for me, I'll be sitting at the ice rink watching Emma skate for the third day this week. Hmmm.....third day. There's significance in that - but that's Sunday and I get ahead of myself with anticipation.
Want to know what Jesus was doing at 3 pm on Good Friday?
He was sacrificing his life on an ugly, cruel and bloody cross for me.
For all of us.
Let me share this commentary that I read earlier today with you; "It seems interesting that we refer to the day Christ died as 'Good Friday'. Considering the events of the day, tragic or awful seems more appropriate. However, we ultimately know what God was up to that day. Though the events seemed very 'BAD', God was using everything that happened for 'GOOD'"
And praise Him for His amazing, ultimate sacrifice that day.
The rejoicing that we call the Resurrection comes on Sunday, but today is the day for contemplating how great His love for us was. Is. Always will be.
How much do we give Him in return? What of this life He's so lovingly given us do we return to Him with gratitude?
You see, this life isn't ours. We may think it is, and live like it is; but that's not reality. Jesus' life, death, burial and resurrection didn't happen so we could live like we please, but happened that we could live to please Him. And live out the purpose He's created for us. And He does have a purpose for each and every one of us. When you come to the realization that the dreams and plans He has for each one of us are so much better, richer, deeper than anything we can plan or dream for ourselves - then embrace them AND Him - that's when His sacrifice makes sense. We are His hands and feet. We are the love He wants so much for all to experience. We become the expression of His grace and mercy and peace.
So here's the question again - How much do we give Him in return? How about this one - How are we being Jesus to others today? It's pretty simple - Love Jesus and Love others.
Yes, today really is GOOD Friday. What men meant for evil, God used for good.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
May you be blessed today.