Friday, April 7, 2023

Good Friday Message - No Greater Love

Today, we gather to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross on Good Friday. It is a day of mourning and reflection, but it is also a day of hope and redemption. As Christians, we believe that through Jesus' death and resurrection, we have been granted eternal life and salvation.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 5:8, "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." This verse reminds us that God's love for us is immeasurable and unconditional. It was because of his love that he sent his only son to die for us, so that we could be saved.

The Gospel of John recounts the events of Good Friday in chapter 19. It tells us of the trial, the scourging, the mocking, and finally, the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a painful and heart-wrenching account, but it is one that we must remember. We must remember the pain and suffering that Jesus endured, so that we may understand the depth of his sacrifice.

But, as I mentioned earlier, Good Friday is also a day of hope and redemption. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross was not in vain. He conquered death and rose from the dead on the third day, as we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. Through his death and resurrection, we have been granted forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with him.

I want to share with you a story that illustrates the meaning of Good Friday. There was once a man who lived a life of sin and was constantly in trouble with the law. One day, he found himself on death row, awaiting his execution. He was resigned to his fate and had no hope for the future.

On the day of his execution, he was surprised to see a man come to his cell. The man introduced himself as a chaplain and asked if the prisoner had any last requests. The prisoner asked if the chaplain could read him the story of Jesus' crucifixion. As the chaplain read the story, tears streamed down the prisoner's face.

When the chaplain finished, the prisoner looked up and said, "I have never known love like that before. I want to believe that Jesus died for me too." The chaplain shared the gospel with the prisoner, and he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

The prisoner was led to the execution chamber, but he faced his death with peace and joy. He knew that he was going to be with Jesus, and he was no longer afraid.

This story illustrates the power of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. No matter how far we have fallen or how deep we have sunk into sin, there is always hope for redemption. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, we have been given a second chance at life. 

Let us remember this on Good Friday and every day, and let us give thanks to God for his great love and mercy.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 

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