As has been the tradition since the beginning of Cybersalt's first newsletter, Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh List 12 and half years ago, our regular mailings pause today in observance of Good Friday - the day when many Christians around the world make a special effort to remember the crucifixion of Jesus for our sins.
Jesus' death on the cross is the cornerstone of every good work of transformation God has done and is doing in my life. Through the forgiveness Jesus purchased by his sacrifice, I have experienced and am experiencing the working of God in my life in the form of emotional healing from the hurts and difficulties of general life and the conviction and correction of ongoing sinfulness in my own life.
Speaking of my life in this way causes many people to respond with a "harumph." Many think it takes a special person to be a pastor - a person who is all ethereal, gifted in certain ways, and who possesses some innate spiritual mojo that pulls extra weight in the heavenly realms.
However, the reality is that our relationship with Jesus does not depend on what we bring to the table but rather what He offers us through the cross. Forgiveness from our sins and eternity in Heaven is ours if we'll just trust in Him alone to break down the wall that sin built between us and God.
That's why the day Jesus was crucified can be seen as "good", why its anniversary should receive special observance and why Jesus deserves our devotion all year round.
- Pastor Tim