Today is Good Friday. For people who follow Jesus, it’s a day of mourning as we remember his brutal death on the cross.
But there’s a huge miracle around Jesus’ death. God allowed the death of his son to mean that all of our sins are forgiven.
Forgiveness is a very sweet thing. I know that you have experienced a friend’s forgiveness after you messed up and hurt them. What a great feeling of relief to be back together with them after that!
How much bigger and better is it to have everything bad you ever did wiped out in one fell swoop!
That forgiveness is pretty amazing if you’ve never experienced it before.
Forgiveness from God is much like forgiveness from a friend in one sense… the consequences of our bad actions don’t disappear. In other words, if I killed someone, I would still have to go to prison. But if the survivors of that murder forgave me, it would make a huge difference in my ability to cope with life.
If you would like to experience God’s forgiveness, all you need to do is ask him. Let him know that you are sorry for what you have done and ask for his forgiveness. He promised to do that! (Isaiah 55:7 and 1 John 1:9)
Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday. Photo by Michał Mancewicz on Unsplash, Creative Commons licensed.