April 2, 2021
Today is “Good Friday,” marking the day we commemorate Christ’s voluntary, substitutionary suffering and death. Christians call this day “good” because this sacrifice alone atones in total for man’s sin; Christ’s subsequent resurrection offers new life to those who trust in His completed work. These events set the stage for a pivotal life-altering moment.
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
Good Friday is often eclipsed by Resurrection Day, but it’s important to reflect on Christ’s complete victory over death, hell, and the grave – which would not have been possible without first His sacrifice. In Christianity, atonement refers to the needed reconciliation between sinful man and a holy God. This reconciliation is possible only through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as expressed in Romans 3:25, 5:11, and 5:19. Atonement is the Bible’s central message.
As you reflect on Christ’s gift and gather with your family, keep this perspective and let it renew your heart. LFF is enabled only by Christ’s resurrection, and the recipients of His glorious gift!
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
In His Service,