What's so good about Good Friday?
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My daughter, Camille, frequently makes me proud.  She did it again a few weeks ago when she said she wanted to make some kind of sacrifice for Lent.  Giving things up for Lent has not been a tradition in our house, so she was starting something new.  My wife and I figured if our high school freshman was going to be willing to make a sacrifice, we should too.  And I’m glad we did.  I’ve discovered that it’s actually not about the sacrifice itself (which is actually pretty small in our case), but the focus it gives us.

I’ve always loved this time of year….I look forward to both Good Friday and Easter.  I suppose it’s more obvious to look forward to Easter – when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, than Good Friday – when we remember His painful death, and even the sin (ours) that made it necessary.  But I’ve found that the sadness of Good Friday makes the joy of Easter more… well, joyful!  Now that we’ve added a very simple sacrifice during Lent, I’m finding it easier to focus on this amazing time of year weeks earlier than I might have otherwise.  I’m hoping when the season culminates this Easter, I’ll be even more in touch with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection and the new life it means for all of us.  I hope you experience that joy too!

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  1. Colleen posted on 04/09/2014 10:30 AM
    Amen, Steve! Love this, and so impressed that we can learn great things from our kids! Easter becomes all the more joyful when we've sacrificed during Lent! Just a small taste of what Jesus did for us! Blessed Lent to all!
  2. LoisZ posted on 04/10/2014 04:57 AM
    Good Friday is a reminder of how much God loves us. He gave His only Son so we can be righteous before Him. Our Savior suffered greatly and died so we can be with Him for eternity. By His stripes we are healed, by His Resurrection we are redeemed, set free from the bondage of sin and eternal separation from Him! What Amazing Grace we have been given. I am humbled by His eternal love for us, wanting none of us to perish! When I think of all the poison He drank for me, suffered and bled for me, died for me, I am so full of His love, mercy, grace and hope, that I love giving my testimony of His never ending, never failing love.
    Easter, our celebration of His victory over sin and death, His resurrection brings never ending joy and peace to my heart. I know He is always with and in me. His Holy Spirit guides me, corrects me, and I love to obey Him in all areas of my life! He is my strength, my strong tower, my Savior!
  3. Linda posted on 04/10/2014 09:29 AM
    "I’ve discovered that it’s actually not about the sacrifice itself, but the focus it gives us."

    I couldn't agree more. This entire season and my blossoming relationship with Jesus Christ has inspired me greatly to challenge myself to make changes and to derive my strength from him to achieve them. I was recently inspired by the movie Noah to stop eating meat, a feat that never in my thirty years of life had I ever considered possible for myself. After seeing my twenty-year-old brother and seventeen-year-old sister successfully live meat-free for a year now, I was even more curious about my own ability to do it, but I lacked conviction. It has been only through seeking inspiration in Him and his example that I have found that it wasn't actually hard to do, the problem was that I was trying to do it on my own and with my own strength and will power, which had been too weak. So now I'm focused on Him, on His Strength, and that has empowered me beyond anything I could have ever imagined :)
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