What’s so good about Good Friday?
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. Jn 3:16
We share an object lesson using carnations. The white carnation represents Jesus, who came into this world without sin, stain, spot or blemish. The red carnation represents Jesus taking on the sins of the world as he was crucified on the cross. [The carnation will turn red after several days of soaking up the “sin”]
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. - 1Jn 3:5
We all are born sinners; Romans 3:10 - there is no one righteous, not even one.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
Why did he die?
1 Pt. 2:24 “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.”
While the anguish Jesus went through was terrible along with his suffering on the cross, we celebrate this Good Friday because we know Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. - Romans 10:9-10
Christ may have died on Friday - but SUNDAY is coming!