“This is the LORD ’ S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Psalms 118:23-29 NASB
This is the day
It is hard to find joy in the historical facts of this day years ago, when Jesus went to the cross. He was reviled by His own people, brutalized, humiliated, and ultimately murdered by crucifixion. Through earthly eyes it was not a day of celebration. That was before the cross.
The passage above was likely written by King David. It was written at a time when he had been pursued, reviled and endangered, only to rise victorious and made King of Israel.
It is foreshadowing of Jesus. He entered Jerusalem in glory and celebration. Soon He was rejected and vilified by those who sought His death. Thinking they had succeeded, He went to the cross in the presence of His foes. They thought they had Him. All the scheming was coming to fruition and this Man that so shook their world was going to be shut up for good. Little did they know it was just the beginning. Victory was pulled from defeat, as His blood was shed for many. He went from the cross, and the grave to be raised and now is at the right hand of the Father.
Looking back at the cross, the day is most definitely good. We call it Good Friday, because salvation was made possible at the cross, and Sunday, the resurrection brought newness of life and the defeat of sin and death. Jesus reigns in the heart of the believer. Such a horrible time is remembered through the light of God’s glory.
Today, some people will die. It doesn’t matter what they die of, whether it be lingering condition, new found virus, accident, or violence. Each will be ushered into eternity. For those who know the Lord it will be a glorious day, and eternity will be spent in Heaven. For those who don’t, it will be a horrible day that will be repeated for all eternity in hell.
I remember the glory of the wonderful day my Savior went to the cross to die for my sins. I awaken with a newness each and every day, as I know that I am saved from hell. I also desire to tell anyone who will hear of what He did and how it has changed my life.
This can also be the day that you move from darkness to light. Ask Jesus to save you today. Ask Him to forgive your sins.
“for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “ THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “ THE DAY OF SALVATION ”—”
2 Corinthians 6:2 NASB
Today can be your first Good Friday, that is truly good.
Anything can happen today. I will face difficulty today along with blessing. There will be joy in the midst of sadness, and pain will be surpassed by the promise of future glory. This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice.
Believers, know that God loves you. Glory in the cross of Christ. He endured a horrible day, that it be the best day for you. Today is the day provision was made for the forgiveness of your sins. Marvel at the fact that it was conceived of before any of us were ever born. That day was planned from the foundation of the world.
May this be a day of celebration, in the face of the world wide darkness.
We have the opportunity to be light bearers in that darkness. Go out and speak of this day, this great day, made possible by our loving Savior, Jesus.
There will come a day when this will be over. But for now, let’s rejoice.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!