On this Good Friday, we turn our focus to the cross. And while it’s important to view this day in light of Jesus’ death, it’s equally as important to understand that the depth of His agony equates to the fullness of our freedom. You see, our Savior didn’t have to die the way He did — any manner of passing would have sufficed. However, He bore enormous physical and spiritual pain so that we could be healed and made whole…completely. Not only does His journey to Calvary show us that there’s nothing we go through that He cannot sympathize with, but it reminds us that He took upon Himself the weight of affliction to liberate us from it. While we still endure trials, His suffering purchased our victory. He was beaten and broken so our bodies could be healed, and He felt the weight of sin — past, present, and future — so we could run free. He shouldered the agony of a mess He didn’t create in order that we might die to ourselves and inherit the best life possible. This is why we can say with full assurance that, “It may be Friday, but Sunday’s coming.”
My friend, even though this is a day of sorrow, you can embrace the heaviness with holy hope. Jesus arose on the third day to give life to the promise that everything which perishes will ultimately lead to something greater. The Greek word for salvation is sozo, and it’s a reminder that when you received your Savior, He handed you the keys to an existence more liberating and powerful than you can fathom. Not only did He rescue your soul, but He purchased restoration for your spirit and healed your physical body. He shelters, favors, and blesses you so you can take hold of His suffering and let it set you free!