I debated whether or not to write this. Has nothing to do with the topic. I just want to make sure I get it right and not scare away anyone who might be on the fence about their beliefs or not believe in Jesus. Decided it would be okay to risk it as sometimes in life risks are required in order to flourish...and in this case, be saved.
In my opinion, the two most important times in a church year are Christmas (the birth of Jesus) and this time right now. Today is Good Friday, Sunday is Easter. Days of solemn remembrance of unconditional love and sacrifice, and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, respectively. This entry will focus on Good Friday as that is what today is.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. For believers, it is perhaps the most solemn day of the year and is observed with great humility and reverence. The best and most complete explanation of Good Friday is found in the Bible in John 18-19. Here's a summary (really tough to summarize something like this, by the way):
"For 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
The ultimate sacrifice. The most amazing account of unconditional love. For you, for me, for everyone.
There are many movie depictions of this sacrifice. I believe that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is one of the most powerful interpretations. The movie can be found in any number of sources, including Amazon and Netflix. While it is difficult to watch, I highly recommend it. Here is a trailer (please note: graphic content).
Video Cred: While Mel Gibson is responsible for the movie, God is responsible for the content.
Thank you, Jesus, for your unconditional love, unimaginable sacrifice and for saving us.
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