G.O.O.D. Friday

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

What’s so “good” about Good FRIDAY? It seems like a strange name to give to the day when the most horrific crime ever committed was done to the greatest Person who ever lived. But that is exactly what that day is for all those who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation; it’s not just a “good” day, it’s a glorious day!

Let’s take a look at the acronym G.O.O.D. for today’s word of encouragement.

G – God

O – Offers

O – Our

D – Deliverance

Going back to our verse for today, we see that salvation is a gift from God. He who is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) offered His one and only Son — offered Him up on a Roman cross to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sin. It is God who offered Jesus to us – offered Him to all those who would believe in Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

God did not offer His Son for a special few: the rich, the influential, the important, the movers and shakers. No, God offered Jesus for all those who would believe. And if that is you, your deliverance has been secured by your Savior. You have been delivered from Satan, you have been delivered from sin, and you have been delivered from death. Regardless of where this message finds you today, take a moment to ponder this profound promise : You will not perish but have eternal life simply by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

One final thing: God’s promise of eternal life is also God’s promise of everyday life. In Christ, you have been promised an abundant life. In Christ, you have been promised a peace that passes all understanding. In Christ, you have been promised a joy unspeakable. And all of this is yours right now, today ,because God SO LOVED YOU!

Have you claimed these promises for your own life? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and the atoning work He accomplished on your behalf on that Good Friday, and all these promises are yours.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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