PJ’s special devotional for Good Friday on April 14, 2017.
Good Friday is “good” because what happened on this day changed the course of history: God stepped in to intervene for humanity, once for all. Good Friday is good not because a man died, but because God became a man, lived a perfect life, and willingly died in our place (substitutionary death) to pay the price for sin and its consequences. It cost Him everything!
Do you believe that you are accountable to God for how you live your life? Will you stand before God in the judgment to come?
The Bible teaches, “Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of God for humanity: Jesus Christ died for your sins and then defeated death (Easter!) as the assurance of eternal life for all who believe.
Do you know you are a sinner in need of being saved from this coming judgment?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Do you believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins?
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Good Friday is good because Jesus willingly and lovingly died so you may have eternal life!
Are you ready to put your trust in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who is the only way by which people can be saved?
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'” (John 14:6).
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
Good Friday is good when you put your faith in Jesus Christ and trust His sacrifice on the Cross! Do you trust what Christ has done is sufficient? Christ has done it: “It is finished!”
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.