Today is Good Friday. Most of the time when the word “good” is used, it is easy to see the positivity, joy or morality in whatever this word is describing. That is not necessarily the case when it comes to Good Friday.
At a glance on Good Friday, we see the torture and murder of our innocent and perfect savior. How could that be good? The horrific pain and death Jesus went through was incomprehensible, to say the least. However, what He accomplished and fulfilled through His death is certainly good.
He paid the punishment for sin of EVERYONE. He displayed God’s faithfulness to all people by fulfilling hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament through his life, death and resurrection. Jesus tore down barriers between God and us, so we may live in relationship with Him without shame. When we begin to think deeper about the impact of this day, the word good doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Jesus accomplished.
Food for the Hungry is founded on biblical principles. We are an organization that strives to display God’s heart for people all over the world. Good Friday and Easter serve as a reminder and celebration of all God has done for all people. His love and sacrifice empower all believers to love and serve as He did.
I invite you to take some time today to reflect on these reminders of God’s perfect character and all that Jesus made possible through the cross.
God deeply loves all people.
[Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 (NIV)
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV)
Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world. You don’t have to look a certain way, be a specific gender or come from a special background to experience God’s love. God doesn’t play favorites. He loves all people, which means there is significance to every individual’s life.
God is always faithful.
Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – even on a donkey’s colt. Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies. God’s purpose and plans always come to pass. We might not understand all the methods He uses to get us to our destination, but He never fails to work out all circumstances for those who love Him.
God desires relationship.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NIV)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household… Ephesians 2:19 (NIV)
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23(NIV)
God is relational. Before Jesus, there was a barrier between God and us. Jesus broke down the barriers and made a way for everyone to live in relationship with God the Father. It is abundantly clear that God genuinely desires a relationship with us, so much so that He sent Jesus to make it happen.
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Not only does God want to be in relationship with you, he created four relationships that are vital for you to live a full and happy life. When any one of these relationships isn’t working right, you miss out on the blessings that God wants to give you!