Friday, April 2, 2010

Day Five: Staying on the Road of Obedience

Good Friday is here! Historically it is the day in which Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world. This most significant day in the whole drama of human history was indeed a good day for all of mankind in every sense of the word. It is good for the following reasons and more:

1. It forever paid the sin debt we could not pay ourselves.

2. It delivered us from the power of sin and restored us to right standing with God.

3. It brought joy to the Father’s heart and vindicated God’s Holy Name.

4. It underscored what the power of obedience and total devotion to God can do.

Yet the benefits of the events of Good Friday came at a very great cost—the cost of Christ’s obedience. Jesus stayed the course through every stage of His passion—including betrayal, ridicule, beatings and eventual crucifixion—all because of obedience to the Father’s will. As a result, look at what eternal incalculable benefits it produced—the lives of untold millions saved and transformed by the power of God!

Jesus drove home the absolute necessity and cost of complete obedience when He said emphatically in Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” In fact this is the only way we can fully demonstrate our appreciation and gratitude to God for the sacrifice of His Son.

This Good Friday, I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on these tremendous truths and making a fresh commitment to stay on the road of obedience to God no matter what it costs or where it takes you. In the long run, you will undoubtedly reap the abundant goodness of God in every area of your life.

Have a Blessed and Joyous Good Friday!

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