March 25, 2016
THE BEST YEAR EVER!
13 “When I see the blood I will pass over you – no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 “This will be a memorial day for you; you will celebrate it as a festival to God down through the generations, a fixed festival celebration to be observed always.” Exodus 12:13-14, Message Bible
Today is a special day for you or really anybody – it’s Good Friday! Ironically most businesses, government offices and even schools are closed in recognition of this day. Have you ever paused to think why it’s called Good Friday? It’s good because the death of Jesus, His willingness to lay down His life for all people, would accomplish and purchase us back but also be the one and only payment ever needed for all sin. This victory over death, hell and the grave would do what no one could ever do; this powerful act of love would fulfill God’s eternal plan. Resurrection Sunday, or as many call it Easter Sunday, is what makes the Friday good. Without the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Friday would be Black Friday! So with that said, what comes to mind when you hear the words Black Friday? Is it long lines, huge crowds, sleeping over night outside of a store? Is it fighting to get the best deals, struggling with parking and wearing yourself out just to save a few dollars? The good news about Good Friday is that Jesus purchased everything for you! You now get the very best deal! He dealt with the crowds, He took on the struggle, He fought the fight and frustration to save you not just a few dollars, but to give you unlimited life with unlimited purchasing power! On the surface, the Good Friday celebration look like a mess: an innocent man, beaten beyond recognition and nailed to a cross. However, Jesus became that mess so that you could experience the very best. “For anyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13). “When I see the blood, I’ll pass over you. NO disaster will touch you. ” That’s a cause for celebration. That’s something to be memorialized! That is why it’s THE BEST YEAR EVER….Love Never Fails!