Grace FridayBy Jennifer Campbell
Good Friday is a day that I hold very dear to my heart. But sometimes I wonder why it is called Good Friday.
Just think about it. We often say, â€œThat was a good dinner.â€ We say, â€œGood morning,â€ even to passersby on the street. Letâ€™s face it, the word â€œgoodâ€ is used so frequently that it has nearly lost its credibility as an adjective.
So maybe we should rename today and call it Great Friday. That would give it more significance, right? In reality, it matters not what we call this particular day. What matters is whether or not we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave His life for you and me. It wasnâ€™t about fame or fortune. He wasnâ€™t trying to do a good deed or striving to be great. He died on the cross to cleanse our sins, to grant us eternal life, and to shower us with love and mercy we donâ€™t even deserve. When you really stop to think about it, the name most befitting of this important day on the calendar would be Grace Friday.
Perhaps you look at the calendar and wonder what Easter is really all about. Deep within your heart, do you feel as if there must be something more, beyond the chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs? If you are searching for answers, look no further. Jesus Christ is the answer you seek.
John 3:16 says, â€œFor God so lovedÂ the world that He gaveÂ His one and only Son,Â that whoever believesÂ in him shall not perish but have eternal life.â€
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords gave His life as a ransom for every man, woman, boy, and girl on this planet. Â That includesÂ you. Why? Because of the unconditional love He has for us.
Jesus could have called ten thousand angels to save Him from the cross. He didnâ€™t have to endure the pain and agony. He could have simply told his Father, â€œI canâ€™t do it. Iâ€™ve had enough. Iâ€™m going home.â€ But He stayed there, because He knew that you and I needed a Savior. He knew that we would have no lasting hope on our own. Jesus wanted to give us the most heartfelt and important gift given in the history of mankind: eternal love and everlasting life. It is the gift that truly keeps on giving, through all eternity.
You may be sitting there, thinking, why would a King do this for me? Iâ€™ve failed, Iâ€™ve sinned, and Iâ€™ve done so many wrongs. The Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Not one of us is without blemish. We have all made mistakes. Still, His love for us is never-ending. Jesus shed his blood to forgive our sins. He bore all of the earthâ€™s diseases to heal our sicknesses. On top of all of that, He granted us eternal life in Heaven with Him, for everyone who has a personal relationship with Him.
This Easter, cherish the time you have with family and friends. Enjoy the delicious dinners and sweet bunny-shaped treats. Above all, remember the reason for the Easter season. Jesus Christ gave His life for love (I John 3:16).
On Good Friday, Jesus died. On the third day, He rose again. At this very moment, He is sitting at the right hand of God, interceding on our behalf. He bestows upon us unconditional love, even though we are undeserving.
Godâ€™s word says, â€œAll are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesusâ€ (Romans 3:24). No matter where you have been, what you have done, or who you are, His redeeming love is free to all. That is true, divine mercy.
So whether you call it Good Friday or Great Friday, remember that Easter is really all about grace.
By Jennifer Campbell
More about Jennifer:
Jennifer knows that God has a dream for her life. Whether she is on stage singing solo, singing with her dad as a duet, speaking at churches and other locations around the globe, or teaching English Language Arts at Suwannee Middle School, she knows God will always guide her footsteps in everything she does. She is grateful for the talents God has given her and she strives to use them for His glory every single day. God has blessed her with the ability to play the piano and drums. She has served as a Group Leader for Women of Faith as well.
Jennifer is a prolific writer, penning songs, writing an inspirational blog, and serving as a Feature Writer forÂ SGN Scoops Digital Magazine, the first all digital Southern Gospel music magazine. She has written for SGN Scoops for over 20 years, including features on The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Bill Gaither, Janet Paschal, Goodman Revival, Karen Peck and New River, The Whisnants, Canton Junction, The Hoppers, and many others. She was also honored to be able to write special tributes to Lari Goss and LaBreeska Hemphill.
Jennifer recently published her first book, an inspirational autobiography titled,Â When You’re in the Sunset, There’s Sunshine Awaiting You, which she hopes will inspire others through its message of hope. You can read a complimentary chapter by clicking thisÂ link, and you can also purchase a copy onÂ Amazon. Already working on her second book, it is her prayer that God will give her the opportunity to publish many more books in His timing.
In addition, she has a food and travel blog atÂ www.jennifersjourneys.net, where she featured William Jack Degel of Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse and the Food Network showÂ Restaurant Stakeout. Jennifer would love to have her own food and travel show one day.
(Excerpt from Jennifer Campbell’s biography: http://www.jennifercampbell.net/biography.htm )