What's GOOD NEWS about celebrating the brutal death of an innocent man, Jesus, 2000 years ago? What has Jesus' death got to do with me, today?
Stop! Think! Jesus claimed to be God! That makes Him either God, a liar or a lunatic! But there is no instability in Jesus that we would find with a crazy person, nor do we ever find Him doing bad things like lying. Only self-giving goodness: He gave up his life for us, that we might have eternal life. In faith, we have to believe He was and is God.
Stop! Think! God is love. A loving God doesn't seek to control us, so He gives us free will to choose whether or not to follow Him and live a truly fulfilled life - The mess of the world is not down to His lack of love, it's down to bad human choices!
Stop! Think! The Good News is that Jesus is God, and He loves us and died for us. That means that we can choose to respond to His love. Offer a simple prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you love me so much that you sent Jesus to die for me. Please forgive me for all the ways that I have rebelled against you. Show me how to live my life in a relationship with you with love and care for other people. Amen"
Why should I bother with Jesus? "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life." (John 3.16, GNT)
How can I be sure Jesus even existed? "We have not depended on made-up stories in making known to you the mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes we saw his greatness." (The apostle Peter, 2 Peter 1:16, GNT)
Did Jesus ever claim to be God? "If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You've seen him!" Philip said, "Master, show us the Father; then we'll be content." "You've been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don't understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?' Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?" (Jesus, John 14: 7-10, The Message, emphasis added).
Jesus lived and died a long time ago. I guess he taught some good things, but why does he matter today? What's Jesus got to do with me? Jesus said... "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and all those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26, GNT)
Are you asking me to believe Jesus is God just because he said so? No. Jesus offered far more than words to support his claim. He still changes lives today. Why not find out more?
STOP AND THINK! Don't let another Good Friday pass without investigating the truth
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