When you look at most Christians on Good Friday, their faces may seem serious and downright full of anguish. There’s a reason for that. It isn’t only because of our remorse over Jesus’ suffering and death, but also a sadness for what we are guilty of that required such a great price.
How many times have we felt hopelessly lost? How many words spoken can never be taken back? How many promises have we broken? How many times have we trusted in God’s forgiveness and then gone back to our old ways?
Sin is like an addiction. You start out thinking you can overcome it on your own – cold turkey, so to speak. You try to stay away from the evil you don’t want to continue wallowing in, but the pull is too strong and you finally succumb to it. It’s a daily battle we all struggle with.
The Apostle Paul had a problem with this very thing in his own life. Romans 7:17-19 says, “So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
Up until this point in history, the Hebrew nation relied on animal sacrifices to purge them of their sins, but it was never enough. The only perfect sacrifice was for God Himself to come to earth as a man, to suffer and die. He would spend the second day after His death facing Satan with His glorious victory over sin. On the third day His spirit would be reunited with His earthly body and He would demonstrate to His followers that He had also conquered death.
This is not only difficult to understand, but equally hard to explain. God’s boundaries have no limits and nothing is beyond or equal to His love for us. As soon as we try to figure it out for ourselves, we are doomed to failure. The only way we can understand it is through faith and the working of the Holy Spirit within us.
We need a savior – a rescuer – an advocate -a lifeline to our Heavenly Father. Jesus was and is the only one who could do this for us. Because of His unconditional love, the battle against sin and the grip of the devil will no longer hold us captive.
Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen indeed!