What makes Good Friday good?

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In a sin-sick world we often forget or overlook that God is holy, righteous and just. He is the good Creator who creates good things and delights in them. 

On Good Friday we celebrate the day that Jesus was crucified on the cross, the day the Righteous One died for the sin of all mankind and offered His blood to atone for our sins.

On this day, it is good to reflect on what God has done for all of mankind. God acting out of love lavished His love on us freely, through the forgiveness and mercy of one Man-Jesus that none deserved. 

Jesus is “The Lord Is Salvation.” John the Baptist’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

“He has raised up a horn of salvation for us, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham:to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:67-79).

His Divine Power has given us all that we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).

He alone is our Redeemer, Reconciler, and Restorer.  All the world will be filled with knowledge of His goodness and glory (Hab. 2:14)

He is an oasis where we can find refreshment and rest from our weariness and heavy burdens. 

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.  For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (Matt.11:28-30)

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