Today is Good Friday and this week my kids asked me why it is called "Good" Friday. We discussed the "good news" of Jesus Christ but this morning I found a quote from Billy Graham posted on Facebook:
"What appeared at first to be a tragedy was in fact a triumph -- because by His death on the cross Jesus Christ purchased our salvation. We are separated from God because of our sin, and because we are sinners we have no hope of eternal life. God is pure and holy, and even one sin -- just one -- would be enough to keep us out of heaven. But by His death on the cross, Jesus Christ became the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins -- and because of that, heaven's door is now open to all who put their faith and trust in Him. And that's why we can call the day on which Jesus died 'Good Friday.' In fact, it was the greatest Friday in the history of the human race, because on that day Jesus Christ won our salvation. At one time, the Bible says, we were 'without hope and without God in the world' (Ephesians 2:12). But now we have hope, because Christ died for us."
So, we prepare to celebrate Easter. Tonight we will dye eggs. We may have some hunts in the yard tomorrow. Today, Tessa and I made some Easter cards to share with friends and neighbors.
While there will be some gifts discovered Sunday morning after following a trail of jelly beans to Easter baskets, and we'll have a family dinner of ham and deviled eggs, we know the real celebration is about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward to worshipping at church Sunday morning, celebrating the best news. May your family be blessed by the true meaning of Easter!