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What is this “Good” Friday and how does it apply to me?

What IS “Good” Friday?

What is Good Friday and why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?

Why is it called “Good” Friday?

For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).

What is so “Good” about it?

Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.

In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.

The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good

Good Friday verses.  

Romans 5:6-10 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely

will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Isaiah 53:3-5 – “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Our Christ. 

Matthew 27 –  45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).d]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection ande] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Enjoy, celebrate and remember your Good Friday!

Palm Sunday, beginning of new Easter traditions

Why continue the INSANITY?

So if the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result” Albert Einstein then working a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) is insane!

⃝      Wake up, shower and get dressed.

⃝      Drive to a job.

⃝      Work all day doing the exact same thing you do every day.

⃝      Drive home.

⃝      Eat and “unwind” in front of the TV.

⃝      Go to bed, just to get up and repeat the same thing the next day.

STOP THE INSANITY!!

A paycheck is the bribe you are given to forget or postpone YOUR dreams while helping others realize theirs.  Never let the flame of your dreams be extinguished by accepting a mundane existence.  Even a dim flicker of a dream can be fanned back to a raging fire of determined progress.  It is not easy to change a pattern in life.  “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship” Denzel Washington.

You can force yourself to dedicate one hour everyday toward fulfilling your dream.  Even when you are tired, sick, overwhelmed and frustrated, this one hour must be spent as an investment in YOURSELF.  Within a short period of time before you realize what has happened, you WILL achieve your desired goal (one hour at a time).

You will then have a renewed faith in yourself and your ability.  You will begin to dream even bigger.  Before you realize what has happened, you will be living the life you have always wanted.

Two things are needed:

  1. A dream worth fighting for;
  2. A vehicle (plan) to get your dreams accomplished.

So are you tired of the insanity yet?

Do you have a dream worth fighting for?

What is your current plan?

Once you answer these:

STAY THE COURSE AND FOCUS ON THE DREAM!

B.Sadler 2020

Steps to Manifestation

Steps to Manifestation
1. Focus:   What ever you focus on expands. Most people focus on what they don’t want. Your goal cannot be blurry or not specific. Repetition of the focused dream is key. Focus on one goal at a time, don’t be scattered.
2. Boost:   Maximize the power of emotions. You are more successful when happy and confident due to a release of dopamine and serotonin. You are stagnant and repressed when worried and depressed.
3. Release:  Let go of your attachment to what you want. By constantly saying “I want this”, you are telling your subconcious that you don’t have it, which expands you not having what you want.  Release the negative thoughts you may have about what your desires (money is evil, i don’t deserve what i want)
4. Gratitude:  Appreciate where you are right now. This energy is magnetic to success. Create a Gratitude Journal where every morning you write at least 3 things you are grateful for. Can be something as small as your morning cup of coffee. But write something and build the habit.
5. Go:   Nothing happens without action. Perfection is an Illusion, Procrastination is a Lie. Get up and move, regardless if it is toward your goal or not.
Move and correct, move and correct, repeat.  Never stop moving.

B.Sadler 2019