Last night, together with four churches in North County, we celebrated Good Friday. We celebrated the death of Jesus because we know that Jesus has risen and we know that the brutality and injustice of the cross was a mere stop along the way for Jesus. We celebrated because we know that the death of Jesus was temporary and he is alive. We celebrated because we are Easter people living in a Good Friday world. We celebrated because Jesus has something to say about the “Good Fridays” that come in our lives.
We used Hebrews 12:2 to be the guide for the night. It says, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
To events of the past year, Jesus has something to say. What he has to say is that he will redeem. That people are broken and do broken things. That you are broken and do broken things. That he will redeem those broken things and make them whole…This is what it means to look to Jesus.
To struggles with sin that always seem to be present, Jesus has something to say. What he has to say is that his life, death and resurrection have freed you from the penalty of that sin; that they have freed you from being a slave to that sin; that in Jesus there is forgiveness and redemption and ability to put that sin behind you…This is what it means to look to Jesus.
To the lying voice of the enemy in your head that says you are not worthy of being loved; that what you have done is beyond forgiveness; that you are not good enough; that there is something really wrong with you. To that voice, Jesus has something to say. What he has to say is your enemy is defeated, your condemnation is gone, your victory is secured, your hope is real, your Savior is stronger than your enemy…This is what it means to look to Jesus.
To an uncertain future and anxiety about what lies ahead, Jesus has something to say. What he has to say is your ultimate future is secure and there is an inheritance kept in heaven for you that cannot perish spoil or fade. That his name is strong tower and the righteous are invited to run into it and are safe….This is what it means to look to Jesus.
When you are in the middle of your Good Friday, look to Jesus.