2012-04-09 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Good Friday
From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Psalm 100

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

- John 3:16 (NIV)

I woke up determined to be sad. After all, Good Friday was the day Christ died. I considered fasting, a Good Friday tradition that invites Christ’s followers to consider his suffering. But then I got hungry. I looked out the window, expecting to see a dark, dreary day because of the saying that it always rains on Good Friday. But when I looked outside, I saw a beautiful spring day. I simply couldn’t get out of my good mood.

I went downstairs and read a note my daughter had written for me. She reminded me that I have often said, “God loves you, and so do I.” Her words helped me to understand.

I remembered that I had briefly awakened the previous night with the distinct and wonderful thought: “How God must love us to sacrifice Jesus! How Christ must love us to endure that agony!” How can I help but feel joy when I recognize and feel God’s love? I was joyful that morning because Good Friday is an occasion for joy.

The first Good Friday was a sad day, but every Good Friday since has been a joyful reminder that Jesus died for our sins. Even more amazing is that on Easter morning he conquered death for us all.

Bruce Bedingfield

(Illinois, USA)

Thought for the Day: Good Friday is good because it shows how far God will go to save us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for us on that first Good Friday. Amen.

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