Did you ever wake up in the morning or from a nap and for a few minutes not really know what the day or time is?
As we celebrate the “passion week” do we really know what these days mean?
Do we understand the gravity of these days?
Do we know how important these days are?
We will look at the day I believe is the most important one we celebrate and in fact the most important day that has ever been in the entire history of mankind. You naturally think this is Easter Sunday but without Good Friday that would just be another day. This day has been largely insignificant in the last few decades and all the focus is on Sunday. WHY?
Let’s start with looking at why the day has become less important to many. First many people do not want to celebrate anything negative and a death. Look at all the presidents we celebrate their birthday and not their death day. Seems logical that we would celebrate a birth and not a death. Oh the fallacy of human logic! We believe as humans that if we do not pay attention to something then it is like it did not happen. That is 3-4 year old thinking. Out of site out of mind. Over time then the day just becomes another day and its importance is left in the dust. Remember the Jews started to complain to God after only 3 days of seeing the Red sea parted. How quickly we forget.
Exodus 15:22-26 (NASB)
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
24 So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
25 Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
26 And He said, "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer."
Now let’s look at why this day is so very important. According to the Book of Hebrews we see that to have forgiveness of sins there MUST be a shedding of blood
Hebrews 9:22 (NASB)
22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Yikes, we do not want to think about that but it is the only way that we can be forgiven. Notice the word ONLY. There is no other way. A sacrifice has to shed blood and die for sins to be forgiven. Hey we are really getting into a dark subject, let’s forget that part and move on. We will just ignore that part and it will go away. Sorry God will not change his way. We have to accept his way and not our own easy way out version of forgiveness. If you do not like that then you will be without hope and lost in your sins forever. PERIOD.
1 John 2:1-2 (NASB)
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
As 1 John states Christ himself shed his own blood for us. Are you starting to see now how important this day really was? Without Good Friday there would be no forgiveness of sins and no chance of ever having the resurrection and the gift of eternal life. I propose this year and every one after that we take some serious time on the 3rd day before Easter and thank our Lord and Savior for Him shedding His blood that bought our forgiveness. With this always in our thinking, it can and will change our thinking about our sins and the tremendous price that WAS paid.
We must do 1 more thing other than to just know this fact. We must truly believe that Christ shed that blood for each and every person that has lived as well as make it a part of our lives. We must have much more than the knowledge we must surrender our lives to Him who shed the blood and live for Him and not ourselves. There is a big 18 inch difference between the 2. The distance from our head to our heart. We have to have Christ live in our hearts not just our minds. If anyone would have a question about the 18 inches talk with your pastor deacons or contact us. There is no more important conversation you will ever have.
In His Service,