The Good of Easter

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Why is Good Friday called good when so much bad happened? This question is often asked by many, especially from those who are seeking to know more about Jesus. I guess the best answer is that the good was in the background. It had been prophesied for thousands of years that the Messiah would be crucified. In fact the first mention of the Gospel is found in Genesis 3:15. All throughout scripture the Messiah is talked about. It is as if God was saying, “Before I step on this earth, I’m going to tell you over and over that I am coming.” The cross was not the final event. Jesus would rise from the grave that following Sunday. The work of Jesus had to begin with the cross. The cross is where the Lamb of God would spill His blood as the ultimate sacrifice in order to satisfy the judgment of the Father. Instead of God’s righteous judgment falling upon us, it fell upon Jesus. The sin of the world was taken upon Him. And sin had its way or so the enemy thought. Sin tried to take its payment; death, and did, BUT Jesus had other plans. I love what Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus died but he rose from the grave conquering sin and death making a way for us to reconcile back to Him giving us eternal life for those who will believe and trust Jesus. That’s why it’s good and called the Good News! Thank Jesus for the Cross and also for His resurrection. Take some time to consider the Cross and Resurrection to see what Jesus has done for you.