As many of you know, each Friday I feature a testimony that tells the story of how God has moved miraculously in the lives of His children. Faith Fridays (as I call them) are designed to inspire people by showing them that God is faithful and is with us always, even in the difficult seasons of our lives. Although the Faith Friday features I've shared thus far have been powerful, there is no greater testimony known to mankind than the story that we celebrate this week...the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus walked this earth 2,000 years ago, on a mission to mend the broken relationship between God and man. For the three years of his public ministry, Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry, walked on water, and performed a host of other miracles that are far too many to count. All that he accomplished in this short time was a setup for God's ultimate plan for Him to sacrifice the life of His son so that you and I might be set free from the bondage of sin. Although Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven that this cup of death would pass Him, He still chose to carry the cross given to Him, living out his ultimate destiny.
During His last few days on earth, Jesus was betrayed, unjustly accused, brutally beaten, and sentenced to death on a cross. The one who knew no sin was, was crucified like a common day criminal of their time. In that moment, it seemed as though all hope was lost, but all along, God was in control. The greatest tragedy ever known became the launching pad for the greatest testimony ever told.
This man named Jesus, who was buried in a tomb on Friday, resurrected from the grave on Sunday conquering death itself. Through His resurrection, He restored the relationship between man and God that had been damaged 62 generations before the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden. He paid the ultimate price for our past and future sins, so that we might live a life that is marked by grace and unconditional love.
So this weekend, join me and the over 2 billion Christians around the world, who remember the sacredness of this Good Friday and the joy that comes on Easter Sunday. For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). That's the good news of our faith. Praise God! That is news worth shouting for.