Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion on Good Friday. People often wonder, “How can it be a GOOD Friday if it represents the day in which Jesus was crucified?” Well, I can think of two reasons it’s a GOOD Friday. First, it is good for us because it is the day our sin, our sickness, our heartbreak, our fear, our everything, was laid on the back of Jesus as He died on the cross for US…FOR ALL OF US!!! It’s because of what HE DID on that cross that allows us to experience true freedom from all the “junk” of our sin and of the devil. In fact, Jesus wanted to bear so much of the pain FOR US that He wouldn’t even accept a drink called myrrh, which was given for pain to those being crucified. (Mark 15:23 – NIV) “Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” He bore it all and He bore it FOR all.
Second, it was only good for Jesus because He KNEW that Sunday was coming! Jesus knows the end from the beginning. He knew the crucifixion would be painful, but He also knew the end result would be worth it. He obeyed His Father. Obedience to our Heavenly Father ALWAYS PAYS OFF! Jesus endured the crucifixion in order to get to the LIFE-GIVING resurrection. When Jesus was raised from the dead all death, hell, and even the grave lost their power. THAT is why those things are no longer a threat to those who know the Lord.
I think the worst part of Good Friday for Jesus was even more painful than the actual crucifixion. What was it? It was the separation from His Heavenly Father. Before Jesus ever came to earth He had been with His Father. In fact, He had been connected to His Father forever. When Jesus cried out to His Father you can feel the pain of that separation. (Mark 15:34 – NIV) “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That being said, One of the most disturbing verses in the whole Bible is right after Jesus gave up His last breath on the cross. Mark 15:38-39 (NIV) says,
“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to partake in something against someone only to realize, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” It’s that “past tense” that gets me. I wonder how many people will get to the end of their life, breathe their last breath, and face Jesus with the sudden reality that, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” That’s why I want YOU and ALL THAT YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH to know Jesus, the Son of God…NOW. None of us are guaranteed the next moment in time, but we do have RIGHT NOW. Don’t be the one that has to say “He was.” Be the one that says, “HE IS…” HE IS my Savior! HE IS my Lord! HE IS my Redeemer! HE IS the One who makes me whole and resurrects my life! If YOU, or someone you know, does not truly KNOW Jesus, then today is the day to invite Him into your heart. It can be done with a great big prayer like I prayed in 1979 when I said, “JESUS I WANT YOU!“ Thirty-two years later, I still I want Him and the greatest thing of all is…that HE STILL WANTS ME TOO! Watch the video below……and pass this devotion on so others can have a GOOD FRIDAY too!!!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen