In the beginning, God created mankind in His image (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/GEN.1.26). He created mankind and the rest of the universe to exist within certain boundaries, boundaries that are not meant to restrict us but to protect us and to enable us to live a completely fulfilled existence that gives glory to our Creator (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/GEN.2.15-17).
Unfortunately, mankind decided to live their lives their way instead of God’s way (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/GEN.3.1-7) and brought themselves under a curse, eternally separating us from a holy God (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/GEN.3.11-14,16-19,22-24). However, God is first a God of “agape” (i.e. the essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. – https://www.gotquestions.org/agape-love.html) and He immediately crafted a “rescue plan” to reconcile mankind to Himself. Unfortunately mankind’s rebellion against God’s boundaries for living a life that glorifies Him required a perfect sacrifice to put us in right standing with God again (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/HEB.9.kjv).
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’ (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/JHN.3.16-17). This Good Friday we will gratefully reflect on Jesus Christ’s act of “agape” love in which He has taken the punishment that rightfully belongs to us on Himself instead.
And then on Easter Sunday we will rejoice that He is risen … in 2012, my father and I had the privilege of visiting the place that is claimed to be the grave site of Jesus Christ. Do you know what? The grave is empty! In fact, there is overwhelming eyewitness testimony for His resurrection from the dead: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also …” (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/1CO.15.3-8).
When you believe that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/JHN.14.6), then you have direct access to God, our Creator – a God-honouring, liberating and completely fulfilling way to live.
I pray that you will have a most blessed Easter celebration this weekend!