THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY
I woke us about 3:30 am Wednesday morning and as I laid there in bed I thought to myself that the celebration of Easter is coming. Then the words Good Friday entered my mind. So I got up and looked up on my phone “What’s so good about Good Friday?” There were several articles talking about Good Friday, but only one really stuck out to me.
As I am writing this I’m still thinking, “What’s so good about Good Friday?” Everything! As dark as that day was, knowing that we crucified an innocent man Jesus the Messiah in the place of a criminal named Barabbas, Good Friday was the brightest day on earth for all of mankind. Jesus’ death opened the gates to paradise once again to those who would believe on the name of Jesus the Son of God. By one man’s sin, Adam, sin entered into the world and by one man’s act of righteousness sin is forgiven.
17 Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
WHAT’S THE POINT?
The point is that I find people celebrating without ever giving any serious thought as to why and what they’re celebrating. Have you ever heard the phrase T.G.I.F. (Thank God It’s Friday)? We know to the world that this means that the weekend is coming. The term was originated by the Akron, Ohio disk jockey Jerry Healy on radio station WAKR in the early 1970s. It has become a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. Donna Summers had a hit song called the Last Dance, in the 1978 movie Thank God It’s Friday coined after this phrase. We often celebrate things without ever having any full knowledge of their meanings. Let us fully understand this Good Friday leading up to Easter Sunday. What Jesus’ death meant and did for us on that historic Good Friday.
6 For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! We who were deserving of death and eternal damnation was spared the the sacrificial at of Jesus death on the cross, that the point that should resonate through our soul on Good Friday and every day of our lives thereafter.
The Apostle Paul always remembered the grace that was given to him by Jesus and passed it on to us in the Bible. In 1 Timothy 1: 15-16, The Apostle Paul wrote the following in his letter to Timothy who he called his son in the faith. 15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. When we turn to God for deliverance from sin we enter in to communion with our heavenly Father through Jesus, His son.
COMMUNION A WAY TO FELLOWSHIP
The Apostle Paul was considered to be the apostle of faith. Faith permeated all through his writings to the churches. Paul encourages the importance of fellowship with God and with each other.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Paul reminds Christians all over the world to commemorate that Jesus died for all. And those who accept Him as savior will never die but fall asleep in Him and when they awake, they will be with Him in heaven for all eternity. Good Friday and Easter should not come once a year but every day of our lives lest we forget its true significance. It is a time for reflection and self-examination concerning sin in our lives, by not forgetting the damming effects of sin stained souls.
SELF-EXAMINATION AND CONFESSION
1 CORINTHIANS 11:27-33
27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
Communion is for fellow believers in Christ. It is not to be done without a person examining themselves concerning sin in their life. We do it to remember Jesus’ death (Good Friday), burial and resurrection (Easter Sunday). It is also an illustration of us being dead to sin and resurrected in the newness of life when we are baptized in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
RESURRECTION ESSENTIAL TO THE GOSPEL
1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-11
3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures,
4 that He was buried,
that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He appeared to Cephas,
then to the Twelve.
6 Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time;
most of them are still alive,
but some have fallen asleep.
7 Then He appeared to James,
then to all the apostles.
8 Last of all, as to one abnormally born,
He also appeared to me.
WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God. Instead of living just for the weakend, And No! this is not a misspelling. The relaxation of the weekend is weak but the gift of God is eternal life. You can’t work for it; you can’t earn it. What you can do is accept Him, Jesus, as savior. Ask him to forgive you of sins and the gift of eternal life is yours. Jesus said it’s a gift because we can do nothing to earn it. When the Apostle Paul said, “I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God’s grace that was with me,” he is giving God full credit. Paul wasn’t living for the “weakend.” He lived and operated by the endless strength of God and our eternal savior, Jesus Christ. Amen