By Jessica Daniel
As Good Friday and Easter quickly approaches, I want to take the time to reflect on how significant those days are. Good Friday was the day when Jesus was crucified on the cross and died for our sins. Easter is the day when Jesus resurrected, when He rose again.
The significance of Jesus dying on the cross was that He did it just for us. Even though He was mocked, ridiculed, spit on, given a crown of thorns, and rejected by the very people He had walked and talked with, all He could think about was us. When He endured all of that pain and hurt, His response was, “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” The love that He had for us while He was hanging on that cross was so great and spoke so many volumes. Just think about it, He endured that pain, physically and emotionally for you and I so we could have a relationship with Him, so we could have that second chance.
When Jesus resurrected on the third day, He showed that death had no power over Him. He conquered death once and for all. He knew that dying on the cross was something He had to fulfill. He took our place, and He paid the price to bring us back to the Father through Him. Jesus won the victory and claimed us as His own. Now, all He wants us to do is to accept and believe in what He did for us. He wants a relationship with us, not a religion.
Jesus came down to earth as God in the flesh to relate and identify with every problem or struggle that we go through in our own lives. He went through temptation, rejection from His own family and country, betrayal, humiliation, pain, and much more. He came as an ordinary man, the son of a carpenter, and He reached out to the people who were thought of as outcasts and looked down by society. The compassion and the love He showed to people who were poor, sick, tax collectors, prostitutes and others who had “low status” displayed who He was and is.
So as Good Friday and Easter approaches, take some time to reflect on what Jesus did for you and to thank Him for what He has done and is about to do in your life.