Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:40 am
April 9, 2009
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
On the Christian calendar, this week is known as “Holy Week.” It has become special for those who believe in Jesus Christ because it reminds us of the true meaning of Easter, and what He has done for us through His sacrificial death on the cross and victory over the grave. In Union City we have been sharing daily worship and devotion times as a community of believers. It is wonderful to experience unity in the church beyond our own buildings and denominations. You can be assured that the Lord would be pleased if we did more of that throughout the year.
On Friday we will be remembering the crucifixion of Jesus and the tremendous suffering that He endured for each one of us. The death He died on the cross is beyond anything we can imagine, crueler than any form of capital punishment known today. What we could consider strange is that we call it “Good Friday.” If you were able to ask Mary and her friends at the cross, or any of the apostles or disciples who were there, if it was a “good” day, none of them would think so. If you had been present in Jerusalem on that day, you would only have called it “good” if you were trying to get rid of Jesus. Of course, Satan felt like it was a great day.
The only reason we can use that name now is because we can see it from this side of the cross, and we have an understanding of what it has accomplished for God’s church through the centuries and the pathway to heaven made available to all who receive this crucified Savior as the Lord of their life. For us it can be called “Good Friday” because we know what is coming because of it.
As Tony Campolo said, “It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming.” Though our emotions might be heavy on Friday, do not fear. Sunday is coming, when we will universally celebrate the “Risen Christ.”
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, go to a Bible-believing church this Sunday. You will hear what He has done for you.
Rev. Mel Jacobs
Union City First Church of God
415 South Miles Ave.