by Colette Heinz
Think with me for a minute on what we view as good. Successful career maybe, getting married or happily living as a single, going on vacation, having kids or happily having none, building a retirement account, getting your doctorate. Births, weddings, sunny days, and on and on. While these things are good, they have no ability to give us life though, yet they capture our lives and even our souls if we let them.
We all fall for it, we live in the effects of a fallen creation. God never intended for Adam and Eve to break covenant with him, but right when they did, they noticed their shame and covered their nakedness. Also, they were banned from the Garden forever. Never to return to that intimate place again.
Adam’s actions affect us all, we are all sinners. We were born constituted sinners. Even before our little baby self could actually sin, we were all sinners. That’s rough, right? Scripture tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But here’s where Good Friday comes in.
Christ has done something for us on the cross we could never have done for ourselves. He bore the sins of the world on Himself for us. He was pierced for our sins. It’s hard to think that my sin held him up there. It hurts my heart to think about that, but it’s true. The only way to know God’s forgiveness and lasting relief from guilt is to be washed clean by Jesus’ blood. He has reconciled us to the Father. All the good in the world without Christ cannot reconcile you to the Father.
Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Why do I need to be reconciled to the Father anyway?” I have a “good” life, make lots of money, am married or contentedly single, have kids or intentionally none, and a retirement plan. I’m a “good” person, I’m set. But are we set without Christ in our lives?
What if you’re captured, enslaved, blinded and don’t even know it? Very rarely do we ever notice our blind spots in our lives, hence they are blind to us. We become aware of our blind spots by someone telling us the truth. The truth is Jesus is truth.
When Jesus was eating his last supper with his disciples he said, “I am the Way, the truth and the Life, no one come to the Father except through me.” There is no other way to the Father. If there were many different ways, then what Jesus suffered on the Cross would have been in vain.
Just as Adam and Eve lost fellowship with God in the Garden, after this life we are either in fellowship with Him because we believed in Christ, or we’re without Him because we chose not to believe. “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” says 1 Cor 15:22.
The first Adam was made from earth, and people since then are earthly. The Last Adam was made out of heaven, and people can now be heavenly. (1 Cor 15:46, The Message)
You can be forgiven and made clean by the blood of Christ by putting your faith in Him.
This could be the best Good Friday of your life!