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Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday Brings a Joyful Easter

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It’s a ‘Good Friday’ to drink in the sweet taste of Easter JOY!

            Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday.  This day is set aside to remember the Cross when Jesus suffered and died.  Some people say we “celebrate” Good Friday….but celebrating a death doesn’t sound quite right, does it?  Not humanly speaking.  But you see, this was God’s divine plan. Because of Jesus’ sacrificial death, we can celebrate because of what He did for us.

           Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good. However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

           Do we truly grasp how holy and righteous God is?  Can we fathom that kind of love? When we begin to let the truth of His death and resurrection sink deep into our hearts, that’s when we will experience the joy of Easter.

            Regardless of how we choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross is the paramount event of the Christian faith.  HE is the reason that we can have the JOY of the Lord…at Easter and every other day of the year!  May we be filled with wonder at God’s holiness, righteousness, selflessness and sacrificial love.

            My prayer is that you will have a meaningful Good Friday and a joyfully blessed Easter.

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