“Jesus’s offering of Himself on our behalf is the measure of His love for us. That willing sacrifice continues to rescue men and women and offer assurance of eternity with Him.” -Bill Crowder, Vice President of Teaching Content at Our Daily Bread Ministries
How could something so terrible as death and suffering be considered good? It seems contradictory when you first consider Good Friday and what it means. But for us as Christians, Jesus’s death on the Cross is a very good thing because His sacrifice became the atoning work for our sins. His offering up of Himself for us was the greatest demonstration of love in all human history…and for all time. No greater sacrifice can be found elsewhere. His love and salvation extend to all who will believe in Him (John 3:16).
Suffering isn’t a beautiful thing, but Jesus’ death on the Cross (Good Friday) was the first in a line of events that would lead to the holiest day of the year for Christians: Resurrection Sunday, or as many often refer to it—Easter. Without the Resurrection, our salvation would not be complete, and Jesus’s death would have been for nothing.
Although we don’t know the exact dates of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, we typically observe both Good Friday and Easter Sunday in either March or April – every year is slightly different.
Here at RDA Systems, we believe in commemorating Good Friday by closing our offices and taking time to reflect on Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross and what it provided for us.
In the Bible, a description of the suffering Jesus endured on Good Friday can be found in Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) where it says: “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.”
May Good Friday be a blessing to you, and we hope Resurrection Sunday will also be a time of refreshing and renewal, too.