“God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” (2Corinthians 5:21, The Message)
So what is the biggest weekend in the Church year all about? What does it mean to you and me personally? In the verse above the Apostle Paul answers that by putting the Good Friday message in a nutshell.
Because of what happened on Good Friday God has offered to put all of our wrongs on Jesus, and in exchange put all that is right with Jesus on you and me. That’s the best offer we’ll ever have. All we have to do accept the offer is believe it!
In 1949 while doing social work in Pittsburgh, one night a man asked if he could speak with me. As we sat in the darkness outside a closed recreation center he told me that near the end of World War II he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. While still under fire he saw a chaplain crawling from one wounded man to another. This chaplain apparently had something very important he said to those men. He hoped the chaplain would make it to him, but after taking several hits the chaplain stopped moving.
He said since then he had been wondering what it was the chaplain had to say to those men. After watching me for a couple of months, he told his wife he believed I could tell him the important message that chaplain shared with those wounded men. Building on the witness of that chaplain, I was able to share the Good Friday message of Jesus with that WWII soldier.
This Easter do you have a Good Friday message for dying people? Do you have a message for people who are going to live?
Dick Woodward, 26 March 2013