Good Friday those many days ago was the most momentous day in history for all of mankind. At the time, however, excepting a small contingent of those who truly understood that this was a Man-God, both human and divine, it received limited notice.
And that's what makes the story so powerful. He lived and died and the impact didn't fully become realized until those infected with the Holy Spirit began to carry his message near and far, including to the Gentiles and people of all races. Now 2,000 years later, the Bible has been translated into most languages of the world and people clamor to receive the Word, even those under threat of death if they are found with it. What is it about Him that makes people willing to trust Him so?
When Jesus uttered those words cited in the Scripture above, He wasn't referring to His love for all of us. No, He was merely stating that the ordeal that He was sent to earth to endure was over and that now He would return back to the side of His Father. But shortly thereafter, following his Ascension to Heaven, he sent back a special gift for all of us, the third part of the Trinity, The Holy Spirit. And for those of us who open our hearts through prayer, church attendance and Bible reading, the Holy Spirit fills us with His grace and love and gives us the opportunity for Everlasting Life with Him.
Nothing could be sweeter, nothing could be grander, nothing could show more love and grace and if we are wise we will accept His offer. By loving Him, truly believing in Him and living for Him we will inherit the greatest riches in the Universe. They will not be material but Heavenly and the pain and suffering that we often face will disappear forever.
This is what the events that happened on Good Friday so long ago mean. Take advantage of them and you will never be wanting in your everlasting life. Just like we are greeted on a beautiful spring morning by the light and the warmth of the sun, by accepting Him we will bathe in His light and warmth forever. Isn't that highly preferable to a cold and hardened heart and darkness?
Dear Lord, Thank you for what you did for us so many years ago and for the wonderful gift of salvation that you made available. Help us to open our hearts and accept the Holy Spirit openly and honesty so that we might live with you forever. We ask in Christ's name, Amen.
Happy Easter weekend, everyone.