As we recognize Good Friday as it leads up to Easter, the cross becomes a main theme of numerous sermons. Every church will be packed on Easter with all the children in new spring dresses and suits with families coming together in unity sharing a service together. Sermons will focus on the last hours of the suffering of Jesus, the crucifixion and His death. Good Friday is the time everyone thinks about this and we readily go back next Sunday to thinking only of the blessings and promises of God.
Devoting time to read the Bible and studying Christís agonizing last few hours and His last words on the cross goes much deeper than just talking about it on Good Friday. This is not something to take lightly. It might not make you feel good to think about the pain and suffering, but, it is a message we cannot afford to put in the back of our mind or choose to only think about it from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter. The message of the cross that is spoken about and preached on Good Friday is one that we as Christians must hold close to our heart and use it as a way to take control of our daily lives.
Jesus Christís sacrifice for our salvation is a key piece that we should focus on to help us stand strong in living a Christian life. We cannot forget the cross. Thinking deeply and allowing yourself to envision the pain of Jesus Christ on the cross certainly can bring us to an emotional state and make tears swell in our eyes and overflow. If we were to shed tears only during this time and then push it to the back of our mind until the same time next year then the sacrifice does not mean enough to us personally.
The powerful significance of the cross is to keep in remembrance that Christ suffered in our place. If we really think about it like that, the more it should drive us to get deeper into the Word to build a stronger Christian walk. Placing an invisible cross on our hearts and keeping it in our spirit can act as a shield against sin. If it helps seeing it visibly, wear a cross around your neck to remind you of who you are and what you believe.
May this Good Friday and every one going forward not only be thought of as a a day of suffering but also be remembered as a day of amazing grace. Letís make sure that as Christianís we live in a way that shows our appreciation.