Kurt Bubna has been in pastoral ministry since 1976
and now serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a vibrant, growing
and community-focused congregation in Spokane Valley, Washington (EastpointChurch.org).
Kurt is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
His Café exclusive “What Makes Good Friday Good?” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Kurt Bubna
has himself been encouraged in his own faith recently.
In his own words…
I recently turned the ripe ‘ole age of fifty-nine.
My mind tells me I’m younger than that, but my body (and the mirror) disagree.
Nevertheless, an older friend reminded me on my birthday,
“It’s not the years that count; it’s what you do with your years that counts.”
An excellent reminder that we’re never too old to do good and to make a difference.
That being said, I pray you’ll be encouraged to do great things
for the Great One no matter what your age.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“What Makes Good Friday Good?”
by Kurt Bubna
It’s an old question …
one asked and answered by greater minds than mine: What makes Good Friday good?
Of course, the correct answer has everything to do with the death of Jesus for the sins of the world. At the single most redemptive moment in all of human history, Jesus settled the debt for my sin and yours. Christ’s blood covered our past, present, and future sins.
It is finished. Done. Paid in full.
Sin was the problem.
The death of Jesus on the cross was (and is) the answer.
That being said …
I’ve been thinking about what makes this Good Friday good. Without question, the first Good Friday mattered most, but what makes Friday the 25th of March, 2016, good for you and me?
It may seem moot, or perhaps you have never thought about it, but besides being a day to remember what happened over 2,000 years ago, does this present Good Friday matter?
Do we simply look back with gratitude and awe at one Friday over two millennia ago as a past event that changed everything, or is there potentially more to this day?
Of course, we could never add to what Jesus did as He willingly suffered and died for our sins. However, Jesus said, we should take up our cross daily and follow Him.
Daily. Present tense. Now.
Obviously, taking up our cross is not an act of self-redemption. We are not redoing what has been done for us by Christ. We are not attempting to do for ourselves what can only be accomplished by the perfect Lamb of God.
So what is the point of taking up our cross,
and why am I connecting this to Good Friday? …
The context of Jesus’ challenge is self-denial. As Jesus willingly took the hard and narrow path to Golgotha on that unforgettable and horrific Friday, so do we. As He made the difficult choice to yield to the Father’s will, so do we. As Jesus laid His life down for others, so do we.
What makes this Friday good?
Certainly, we celebrate our redemption. Without question, we honor the One and only Savior who gave His all for us.
And then, as we follow His example, you and I are inspired to do good for the sake of others, no matter what the personal cost. The best way we can honor Him is to live honorably and selflessly as we pick up something we’d rather not—our cross—in love.
This Friday, and every day forward, I must choose to die to self and surrender to Abba’s will.
This Friday not only celebrates God’s redemption …
but it also compels me to do whatever I can to point others to the Savior.
This Friday challenges me to ask the critical question: Will I do good for others regardless of the sacrifice?
This Friday is good because as I “die,” I too can look forward to the power of the resurrection in my life. For whoever loses His life for my sake will find it.
This Friday matters …
When Jesus told His disciples, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me,” His point wasn’t just to evoke fond memories; He was provoking them to action.
Jesus was saying, as I gave my life, you are to give yours. As I suffered and sacrificed for others, so are you to do the same. As I am, you must be.
This Friday is good, not because I am good, but because I have the God-given opportunity to do good in His name.
So go make it good. Very good. Because as Christ-followers, we cannot expect a life exempt from Good Friday heroism.
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