FRIDAY 2ND APRIL, 2021 (GOOD FRIDAY)
THEME: CHRIST BEARS OUR PAINS
PASSAGE: MARK 15:22-31
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 15:28“So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”
HYMN: MHB 182 (L.M.) – WHEN I survey the wondrous cross.
Though the event we are commemorating today, in which the Saviour of the world was killed, could have warranted that we call it ‘Black Friday’ the gain of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to humanity, turned it to Good Friday.
Jesus was mocked by those who crucified Him, and even one of the criminals that were crucified with Him; yet one of the criminals came to saving faith in Him (Luke 23:39-43). He did not only endure mocking and humiliation at the hands of the pagan Roman soldiers but also from the religious leaders. They blasphemed Him, wagging their heads… they mocked and said among themselves, “He saved others, Himself He cannot save.”
Jesus could have called on God for the twelve legions of angels (over 36,000 hosts of heaven) at His disposal to deal with His accusers, those who arrested Him and those who mocked Him (Matt. 26: 53). If only one angel could kill seventy thousand people in a day (2 Sam. 24:15-16), how many would twelve legions kill in a day? Yet He chose to allow the will of God to be fulfilled in order to save humanity from eternal damnation.
Beloved Christians, the question now is; Will you want His death to be in vain over you and your family? The death of Jesus Christ is a pointer to us that in whatever situation we find ourselves, we should allow the will of God to take preeminence in our lives. As Christ bears the pain for us, we are to carry our cross and also bear the pains of the Great Commission handed to us in order to save those who are yet to be reconciled with God from everlasting death. Jesus says, “You are My friend if you do what I command.”
PRAYER: God Almighty, help me to always appreciate the death of Your beloved Son and not to shy away from the reality of Your Gospel, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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