In the movie Little Big Man, the great Indian Chief declared that it was, “a good day to die.” Having seen all that humanity had come to, he was ready to go unless, “Death wanted to fight.” Many were in celebration on Good Fridayas they remembered another man who also said in effect, “Today is a good day to die.” But His death was unlike any other.
A man named Jesus, over two thousand years ago took up the call to lay down His life for every man, woman and child, from the days of Adam until the end of time. He would bear everyone’s sins upon a rugged cross in history’s most excruciating form of execution; the crucifixion.
In the ultimate act of mercy and grace, Jesus took the punishment that He did not deserve. He carried our grief; bore our sorrows with the sin and shame. The beatings for our sickness and disease was all for a people who did not even realize they had need of a savior to pay a debt that no one could afford to pay.
Because of His Death:
- We Have Hope: Hope because The Old Covenant was impossible to maintain through the flesh, and the promises were only limited to a select chosen people. We now all have a better Covenant by which we are able to have fellowship with the Father.
- We Have Life: Life because we were all destined to die an eternal death separated from God because of the sin nature that we carried by birth.
- We Have Victory: We have victory over sin, hell, and the grave because Christ did not stay in the tomb. His death insured that we too would not be captive to deaths stinging grip. Our victory is sure through His.
The fullness and grandness of all that was done that day that Christ died cannot be contained in a single blog. He has and forever completed something through His blood sacrifice. Find the truth that lies within the precious lamb that was slain for us all. However you choose to spend the next few days, keep in mind the glory, the grace, the wonder, and the work that was done by someone who determined that it was a good day to die.
QUESTION: What are you most grateful for in the season?