Yesterday was known as Good Friday.
Why do we call this particular Friday Good Friday? We will come back to that question in a moment.
As of tomorrow Sunday, April 21, 2019, The Lenten season will be officially over. The Lenten season is a time when Christians seek to identify and more closely follow the example of their LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST.
Some things that disciples of Christ engage in during Lent are the cultivation of Spiritual Disciplines – a greater emphasis on Prayer, Meditation, study of Scripture – and deeds of Benevolence (charity).
In the Western Christian Church the last week of Lent is known as Holy Week. During the last week of Lent – Holy Week – Christians focus with particular attention to the last four days of the week:
(1.) Holy Thursday; (2.) Good Friday; (3.) Holy Saturday; and (4.) Easter Sunday.
Each one of these days symbolizes an important aspect of the Commitment, Suffering, Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of Our LORD.
Good Friday and Holy Thursday are linked together.
It was on Holy Thursday (the eve of The Jewish Passover) that JESUS formally won the Victory over Satan – the enemy of our souls – when HE Fully Yielded To His Father’s Will in The Garden of Gethsemane when He proclaimed,
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).
Everything that would happen to JESUS from this point on would be in a sense anti-climatic. From this moment forward, Our LORD actively pushed events to ensure His Crucifixion!!!
My Friends, many of us are to quick to push pass the agonizing and grueling picture of JESUS’ great Spiritual battle in The Garden of Gethsemane and jump straight into Easter festivities.
Now I enjoy Easter festivities as much as anyone. But what are the lessons of Gethsemane (Holy Thursday) and the Crucifixion (Good Friday)?
Beloved, the events of Holy Week are a Continual reminder to Christians everywhere that like Our Savior, we are to TOTALLY RENOUNCE the seduction of the “idols” of this earthly life.
Like JESUS, we are to have a radical commitment to Do Our Heavenly Father’s Will irrespective of the Cost to our personal lives, well-being, or prosperity.
Good Friday reminds us of the High Cost of Christian Discipleship.
JESUS bids us to fully follow His example with this command:
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul (Matthew 16:24-26)?
The question we must answer is this:
Are we experiencing the Reality of Good Friday in our lives or are we simply wasting time by going through the motions of outward \external disciplines?
Dearly Beloved, “Good Friday” only becomes Good in our lives to the degree that we fully Follow JESUS BY Complete SUBMISSION to the Supreme Will of Our Heavenly Father!
May GOD Bless You and Happy Easter!!!