Devotion for Friday, April 10, 2020
From: Karon Brosey
 
Good Afternoon Everyone…
 
There is Good and there is Bad…we have both in our world. Charles Dickens brings that out in A Tale of Two Cities – “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Some things that most people would definitely say are good would be hugs, friends & family, smiles, laughter, sleep, good memories, and
love. Some things that I think surely fall into the bad category are child abuse, mass shootings, poverty, ethnic hatred, depletion of natural resources, weaponized ignorance and arrogance, and abandoned animals.
 
Then we have the list of good things that can also be bad in the same breath. Exercise is good for us, but if overdone it can cause harm to our bodies. Antibiotics are good because they fight infections, but taken too many times, they lose their power and become resistant to fighting the infections.
Handwashing is good at keeping germs at bay, but too much (and we are all aware of this in our current situation) your skin can become red, cracked, and irritated and the damaged areas can give bacteria a place to grow and thrive. Food is a very good thing which we need to sustain our existence, but if you take in more calories than you burn you gain weight, which can lead to many different health problems. Cell phones are good at keeping us connected and helping us navigate our world, but if you can’t stop looking at your phone it can affect you in many ways – like ruining relationships, disturb your sleep, even cause you to kill someone or yourself while driving and looking at your phone.
 
Whenever anything contains good & bad, there is a fight to gain prominence. Keep this statement in mind for later.
 
Today is Good Friday. In my mind, I have a hard time thinking it should be called Good Friday when I know the terrible things that happened to Jesus on this day. I have never seen the movie, The Passion of the Christ – not for any reason other than I find it hard to think about what Jesus went through – but to watch it be portrayed is something I cannot bear to see!!! Even when taking communion, the words, “Take, eat, this is my body which was broken for you,” and, “Drink, for this is my blood, which was shed for you,” makes me want to cry out loud because I feel so heartbroken that He had to suffer for ME and MY sins! It was an excruciating day of suffering and then death, and yet Jesus willingly died on that cross for our sins. But then, no matter how sad a day it is, the term Good Friday is appropriate because the suffering and death, as terrible as it was, marked God’s plan to save His people from their sins.
 
Romans 3:23-26 (23) “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (24) Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. (25) For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, (26) for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.
 
Remember the statement I wrote – “Whenever anything contains good & bad, there is a fight to gain prominence.” What happened to Jesus was undeniably odious, and yet God’s love for His people demonstrated the reason Good Friday is GOOD – it brought us the joy of Easter!!! So, when I think of what Jesus went through for ME and for ALL OF YOU, my tears of sadness also exhibit the victory I receive seeing the connection of great suffering and God’s forgiveness come together. God’s righteousness coincided with His mercy.
 
Psalm 85:10 “Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!
 
We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our punishment. Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it would lead to His resurrection and our salvation.
 
GOOD won the fight and took its prominence!!!
 
John 3:16-17 (16) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. (17) God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
 
My prayer: Lord, I thank you for your gracious love and mercy. Your plan of salvation is the greatest gift any of us will ever receive!!! Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross and taking the punishment for our sins, no matter what those sins may be. What does matter is that we can be saved because God
provided His Son to take on those sins for us!!! I pray that all who read this devotion understand the true sacrifice that was made on our behalf and know Jesus as his or her Savior. If they don’t, please give each the heart to reach out to Pastor Mike, or Pastor Tim so they can know why Good Friday is GOOD!!!
 
Love To All Of You!!!