8 Days, 1 Story - Day 6: The weight of my sin
If so many bad things happened to Jesus on that day, why is it called “Good Friday?”
I remember when my son asked that question. We were talking about the journey Jesus took for us, and he was feeling the weight of all Jesus went through. He asked a good question.
Think about the events of "Good Friday." Jesus is betrayed, arrested, denied by a close friend, condemned, mocked, beaten, brutally murdered, and buried in a borrowed tomb. I knew I couldn’t give a “churchy” answer to this very real question, so I turned it back on my son:
“Well, why do you think it might be called 'Good' Friday?”
After a pause, he answered. “It’s a good thing when we actually think about everything Jesus did for us, instead of taking it for granted. Maybe that’s why.”
Take time today to pause and consider what Jesus did for you. He took this journey, through death and back again, so you and I could be free, released from the weight of our sin.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
I know I'm tired of the weight of my sin. But I also know that whenever I’m feeling that weight, it’s because I have forgotten I’ve already been freed from it. I can drop that weight, along with everybody else’s, at the foot of the cross. Jesus took that weight on, and defeated it once for all.
Today, on Good Friday, Hopevale has created an environment to help you pause and consider. If you come to our Bay City Ministry Center, or to the HUB at our Saginaw Campus, we have a self-guided, interactive prayer experience planned to help you drop the weight of your sin. Plan on the experience taking about 15-20 minutes. Stop by today between 12pm-3pm in Saginaw, or between 12pm-2pm or 5pm-7pm in Bay City, and we will give you further instruction.
Paul Miller, Executive Pastor