TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• We call today “Good Friday,” but the events on this historic day were brutal, horrific, and for those who were present — anything but good. So why is the Friday before Easter called Good Friday?
It’s because of the results: Jesus’ death paved the way for healing and restoration. He was the perfect sacrifice we needed to atone for our sins. As Paul wrote in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In that sacrificial act, what Jesus did was good for us and all who would believe in Him, accepting Him as their personal Savior.
Of course, we know death did not have the final say! On Sunday, we’ll celebrate our resurrected Lord! The tomb is empty! He is risen!
All of this points back to the truth of Romans 8:28 — “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
To be clear — the verse doesn’t say all things are good. It says God will bring good from every circumstance for His children. We may not understand the pain we experience in this life, and few of us would ever call pain/heartache “good.” But we can trust that God will use everything for our eternal benefit.
This verse was demonstrated from the moment Jesus was arrested until He walked out of the tomb! Jesus dreaded what He would experience, praying for another way (Matthew 26:39). But He finished His prayer, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
And from the pain, agony, torture, and execution of Jesus Christ, the benefit to us means forgiveness, grace, hope, and eternal life with Jesus.
That is what’s good about Good Friday.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His willingness to die for you. Thank Him for His humility and that He “became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). Thank Him for suffering for your eternal benefit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you show others what is good about today. Ask Him to help others see the living Christ magnified in you every day. And if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior, today is the perfect day to choose to follow Him! He loves you! He is alive and waiting for you to decide!
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