We cover quite a broad set of topics on The Porch… from leadership to encouragement to self-improvement to GXP compliance and everything else in-between. However, today is the day Christians world-wide call Good Friday. So, I thought we would spend a few words talking about that day around two thousand years ago when the Lamb of God died on an old wooden cross.
You see, from the beginning of time, God has required a blood sacrifice to atone or make up for our sin (our separation from God). We have all sinned and we fall short of God’s requirements for our lives, so a sacrifice for our sin is required to restore us to God’s favor. In the old days, the required sacrifice to make up for our sin was a perfect, young, helpless lamb. The lamb became a symbol for the ultimate sacrifice… the Lamb of God dying on a cross in our place. Yes, He died in our place… He was perfect (without sin), but He willingly paid our debt on the cross. And, on the third day – the first Easter – Jesus was raised from the dead and now lives. His death, burial, and resurrection paid our debt “in full.” There is nothing else required that we can do to be restored to God except to believe in Jesus and to accept the gift He gave us.
The Lamb of God made all the difference to me… He changed my life! He gave me hope for the future and made my life now meaningful and complete. Knowing and accepting the amazing gift that Jesus gave guarantees me eternal life in heaven with Him. Nothing I could have done in my own strength would have made this possible. Only my belief (or faith) in Him is acceptable. It is just that easy… believe in Him.
The Lamb of God will also be in our eternal future. In the Bible book of Revelation (chapters 4 and 5), we are promised that the creatures of heaven will be singing:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come… Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.” – Revelation 4:8 and 5:12 (click on link below)
The same Lamb, represented in ancient times by the sacrificial lamb… the One that died in our place on that first Good Friday… the One proclaimed in heaven as worthy… made all the difference to me and my life. On this Good Friday and Easter celebration weekend, give Him the chance to do the same for you!
“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