TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY. AND FOR THAT REASON, I AM THANKFUL.
Why am I thankful? Because of Jesus. Because of the cross.
"Jesus did not instruct his disciples to concern themselves with the details of when and where. The disciples primary goal was to be exulting in and proclaiming the good news of His death and resurrection." 1
17 years ago my life was changed by the gospel when I understood my sin and how Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave. 7 years ago my life was RADICALLY changed by the gospel when God opened my eyes and my heart to serve Jesus with my life. You could say Jesus took me to a new level.
I don't know what tomorrow will bring in my life or the lives of those I love. I will never know that. But because of the cross I know that whatever comes will be better than I deserve. Before I knew of Jesus on the cross, I was deserving of death and was heading that way . After the cross, I was still deserving of death, but now had a Savior in Jesus who conquered my sin and death when he rose three days later! I never want to move on from the cross. I never want to move on from grace. I always want to have joy at the cross knowing what Jesus did for me. He is too good.
THANK YOU, JESUS!
This song below will give you goosebumps. I'm so thankful for the cross. I'm so thankful for the gospel. I'm so thankful for Jesus!
1. Excerpt from "The Cross Centered Life" by C.J. Mahaney