Good Friday?

Have you ever really thought about how much God loves you?

Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged and down.  In this world it is easy to feel insignificant and unimportant.  As we struggle with the day-to-day matters, we see that there are people around us who seem to have everything we wish we had.  It is easy to feel lost in the midst of it all.

Yesterday was one of those perfect days.  The sun was shining, the sky was bright blue, the birds were chirping.   It morphed into a beautiful starry night.  I was outside with my four year old son when he said, “Let’s look at the stars together Dad.”  So I got a blanket and laid it down and he and I lay on our backs and looked up.  As I watched the tiny pinpricks of light emerge on the midnight blue canvas of the sky, I suddenly realized how small I was.

Yet in spite of that, I am worth so much to God.

Today is Good Friday.  It is an interesting name for a day when so much pain and suffering took place.  Today is the day that Jesus gave his life for YOU.  That’s right, you.  As I looked up at the stars that God hung in the sky, I realized that the very hands that placed them there are the hands that stretched out on the cross and took the nails that were meant for me.  It is a staggering thought, really.  I know the kind of man that I would be without Christ.

Yet in spite of that, I am worth so much to God.

When Jesus was marched up the hill of Calvary on that Good Friday almost 2000 years ago, it was not a random chance that put him there.  Nor was it just the end to his three-year ministry.  He was fulfilling a plan that God the Father had since the fall of Adam.  Allow me some artistic license here.  After Adam sinned, perhaps the conversation went like this: 

            God:  “Son, Adam took the fruit, and I am going to have to cast 

them out of Eden.” 

            Jesus:  “Yes, Father.” 

            God:    “We are going to have to get them back.” 

            Jesus:   “I know Dad.” 

            God:    “It is going to be costly and painful.” 

            Jesus:   “…Not my will but yours be done, Father.”

So began a journey that would take Jesus from his place of glory, holding the stars in the sky, to his place of agony on a Roman cross with nails piercing those hands. 

Why did he do it?  Because he loves you that much.

Every child in Sunday school learns John 3:16.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

That verse could just as well state “God loves me so much, that he gave up Jesus so that if I believe in Jesus, I won’t die, but will live with him forever.”

Never let anything around you make you feel worthless.  You are a treasure to God.  He loves you so much that he gave his Son, the one he valued most, to purchase you and redeem you back.  This day above any other should convince you that your life is worth everything to God.

Father, on this most precious of days for believers, help us to remember the great cost it took for you to win us back.  Help us to take a moment this afternoon to remember what you went through for us.  Help us to remember that you chose us even though it was so difficult and painful for you.  Let us never forget that we are your children and you love us so.  In Jesus name, Amen.