Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 6, 2012

Good Friday

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Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today we celebrate “Good Friday.” It seems strange to call the day Jesus was taken, beaten and crucified as being “good.” The “good” refers to the good of fulfilling the scripture and the open door for the restoration of sinful man with His God and Creator. During their last supper together, celebrating the Passover – the night the angels of death passed over the homes anointed with the blood of a lamb – Jesus talks about His betrayal by one of their own and talks about His crucifixion. We are good at not comprehending what we don’t want to believe. We re also good at thinking we will be true and brave in any circumstances. Simon Peter was like this. He claimed he would always be loyal unto death to Jesus. Yet, in just a few hours, he would deny Jesus three times in a row. But read the verse again and see what Jesus said. He said He has already prayed for Simon. He prayed Simon would turn back and through the experience of denial and turning back he would strengthen his brothers (the other believers). We deny our Lord through our disobedience many times in a day. He prayed for us as He knelt in the Garden on His last night (John 17:20). Since Jesus has already prayed for us we can rest assured each time we deny Him through our words, our silence, or actions or our inactions, He has given us the power to repent, follow Him closer and use those experiences to strengthen fellow-believers. We are not to keep our sins hidden but are to use them to encourage others of His all-encompassing love and forgiveness. Just remember, Jesus prayed for YOU. His prayers are always answered.

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