It's Good Friday

I am sitting here at my desk putting the finishing touches on Sunday's Easter Sermon.

In that sermon, I will say,

For followers of Jesus, the empty tomb is where Easter starts.
It doesn’t start at the Last Supper, Pilates court, Jesus’ scourging or even the crucifixion.
Easter starts with an empty tomb.
A tomb that three days earlier was occupied.

What is good about a man, falsely accused and convicted to death, nailed to a cross, publically ridiculed, and humiliated?  

What happened to Him wasn't good.  Why it happened to Him wasn't good.  But He chose to go to the cross so that you and I could be forgiven of our sins, given eternal life with Him in heaven and experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives through His promises.  That puts the "Good" in Good Friday. 

I am not good.  I am a sinner who needs His grace to forgive me. 
This world is not good.  It is a place that needs to humble itself and seek Christ's will. 
You are not good.  Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. 
Only Jesus is.  

Today is a good day to accept His goodness. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness.  I am sorry.  So I will give my life to You and follow You.  You died on a cross for me.  You are the Son of God who will lead me.  I need You today, now and always.  AMEN