Friday, March 29, 2013

What is good in Good Friday

    Before knowing the good, should not be the question what is bad? And then I tell you why it is good. We have always said that gospel, The Message of Christianity is referred as Good news but there must be something bad for which we are telling this good news. What is bad that we need a good news. I am not at all saying that good is dependent on bad but we must know the question in order to give an answer.
    What is Bad? Everything we did, or simply one word Sin. what is sin, is it something in our action, our thoughts, something evil like breaking laws of God. Or sin have many faces and degrees and what are effect of sin. Sin is a system or a problem? Mystery? Does it really matters? So many questions come when we talk about sin.
Sin according to me is simply separation something that have separated us from God. Adam the first man disobeyed God and brought death as per the Word of God “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17 We all know the story of Original sin don't we? Please read the Bible if you don't have one, you can read more about it here.
And indeed we were separated from God starting from the moment our forefather ate the forbidden fruit. And after that separation all problems like decay came to existence, we were under the curse of decay and evil. From that moment we became slaves to sin, and we all fall short to the glory of God. Look into your heart carefully and you will find all your desires to be desperately wicked and evil. All your actions moving away from God and His laws, some of us we even doubt whether God exists or not and this disbelieve is the greatest sin of all.
    Whenever I write about Sin no matter what all write we cannot get the depth and burden that is caused by Sin. But I can give you some hint though by some words I am using here. And all things which are evil, malice, not good, leading to death because fruit of sin is death and once you have tasted it you are slave to it and you know what unfortunately we are born sinner, therefore there is no excuse from sin. And you can pay nothing as ransom for this sin. No man was able to pay for his sin because we fall short to the glory of God.(Psalm 49:7-9) And think of that situation where you are in pain, disease, under burden of Sin. Fear of death haunting you day and night and you are stuck in this vicious circle of sin. Sin is the Bad news and in there is no remedy with human for this?   
Then will the man live or if I put it in the words of Job in the bible  he says “If a man dies, shall he live again?” Job 14:14 but then We have God who is mighty to save and who loves us and what is Good news. Good news is that God became Man and He made dwelling among us and His name is Jesus. Yes, Son of God Jesus who was born to save us. Romans 5:8 says:  “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” and 1 Peter 3:18 says “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” And not only this if we say what Prophet Isaiah says in (Isaiah 53:4-5) :
“Surely he took up our pain
   and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
   stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
   he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
   and by his wounds we are healed.”

And verse 10 says
“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
   and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
   and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.”
Its Christ who was crucified for us on this friday, the death, cruel death of the innocent man just for you and me. Who bore our sins. Because men was eternally separated and condemned because of sin and helpless and would have died in his sins but its for God and His love that He gave His only begotten Son so that who shall ever believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
You must have heard many times that Salvation is free, but if you think properly the saying there is nothing called free thats true there is nothing called free. Yes salvation is called free just because you cannot pay for and no one can pay for it except God. As Jesus says “What is impossible with man is possible with God” Luke 18:27.    
And lastly I will remind you that Jesus was crucified for us, he paid for our sins, He was killed and buried in the tomb but let me remind you He didn't remain in the tomb for more than three days He rose again and I must remind you what He said : because I live, you will live also.(John 14:19). He is not the God of dead but of living. He is a living God and its His promise because He lives we(Whoever believes in him John 3:16) will live. Indeed this is a good news and therefore we call it a Good friday!

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