Many people are going about their daily lives, unfortunately, not taking the time to consider the magnitude of what the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ did for the human race. Today, we bring into remembrance Good Friday. During today we must take a moment in silence pray to God in truth and spirit to give him thanks for given us his only begotten Son, in order that we may inherit the promise of eternal life (John 12:32).
No amount of money on this earth can purchase salvation. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 18–19).
At the beginning of time, God give light of life to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. However, Adam and Eve did not believe the word of God: the truth; they believed instead a lie, and as a consequence all humans were condemned to death.
God gave life, but then came death. However, God then sent his only begotten Son Jesus, at the right time, in the fullness of time, to bring and to spread the word of life.
While he was here on earth, King Jesus told his disciples of this fact when he said, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17–18).
Jesus was very troubled during the final hours of his mission to complete as commanded by his Father (John 3:16-18, 6:38).
Jesus said: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour” (John 12:27).
Jesus knew that the time had come to fulfil his purpose, but as a human being would have, he had difficulties facing this reality. However, he knew that it had to be done, as the entire survival of humankind rested on the successful completion of the mission which his Father sent him to accomplish.
In spite of the fact that Jesus knew the time had come, on the night before, he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and was very heavy and sorrowful in his heart (Matthew 26:37). Jesus said to them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me” (Matthew 26:38), and he went to pray three times to his Father.
Jesus knew the time had come to fulfil the word of God, the will of his Father who sent him to be the propitiation for the sins of the world (1 John 4:10).
Jesus was about to be crucified and die for all humankind.
Two thousand or so years ago, a person name Jesus was commanded by his Father to give his life for the human race (John 3:16-18, 6:38). This is very, very, very serious because who do we know would willing give their life for anyone?
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).
God specifically sent his only begotten Son “forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14–15).
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21–22).
Jesus came to this earth thousands of years ago to reveal to the world knowledge of the commandment given to him by his Father, which was hidden from the foundation of the world. God declared to Satan when he lied to Adam and Eve, “It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
During his time here on earth, Jesus described to his disciples how he must go to Jerusalem to suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, to be killed and to be raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21). However, Peter didn’t understand and tried to stop him.
“But he turned, and said unto Peter, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men’” (Matthew 16:23).
Notwithstanding the attempts of Satan, Jesus accomplished what he came here to earth to do, and he declared then, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:31).
Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, came here to this earth for a specific purpose, which is perhaps the most significant of all time. Therefore, the time of our life should not be lived in vain (John 3:16-18).
When we awake to face another day, begin the day with the Lord’s Prayer; and before going to sleep at night, end of the day with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13).
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Absolutely nothing will be remembered of this world (Isaiah 65:17-18).
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).
Jesus says: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 John 2:15–17).
“It’s all about the money”; “Give me my money”; “Do you have money”; “Follow the money”: These are all well known slogans of this world.
“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:11).
Jesus says: “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13).
“For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright” (Psalm 11:7).
“The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness” (Jeremiah 4:2).
“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death” (Proverbs 12:28).
If we know to say: “I am sorry” in a situation when we have hurt someone or done something wrong; then how difficult is it to say to the Creator: God, the Father: “I am sorry for my sins”?
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath [APPOINTED A DAY], in the which he will [JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THAT MAN WHOM HE HATH ORDAINED]; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
In our present time, with the constant barrage of media in everyday life, we need to obtain firsthand the knowledge of the word of God so we do not fall prey to fear, fables, and fairy tales distracting us to be totally obedient to the word of God.
Today, a few words of comfort to those who are unemployed, in financial distress, lonely, weary, frightened about life circumstances or simply disillusioned about life: Let us be reminded what Paul, the apostle said: “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Many throughout time have doubted and said, in essence, “This is easier said than done.” However, Jesus emphasized, “And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9–10).
Be strong and pray to God in Jesus’ name. Also, be reminded what Jesus also said: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23–24).