April 2-Good Friday 2021
11What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)
Greetings fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! The verse above comes from tomorrow’s reading. John is the first author to include the story of Jesus’ “first miracle” that He performs in the public eye by turning water into wine at a wedding festival in Cana. I write about this in a few days in the published Devotional, so I won’t go into too much detail about this specific miracle today. For the next three years, as Jesus preached a ministry that would change the world, the miracles and wonders of the Christ became so numerous the Disciples could not keep count. He would heal thousands, bring sight to many blind, and the greatest miracle: Jesus would raise four people from death. And then, despite showing the world how amazing He is, despite only preaching a message of love and peace, the Jewish crowds on Good Friday would shout for the Romans to “Crucify! Crucify!”
Today is the day we take time to pause and reflect on all Jesus went through on the Cross for all of mankind. On that first “Good Friday,” it was a horrible day for everyone. Jesus had to endure torture as He was punished unjustly. Then He was nailed to a Cross and set on Golgotha Hill until God took up His spirit. Then Jerusalem witnessed the truth of who Jesus was: the sun sat in an eclipse for three hours, there was a great earthquake, and the curtain that separated mankind from the inner chamber of the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom.
The world would not realize this was a “Good Friday” until three days later, when Jesus rose from the grave. Don’t let this holiday pass by without taking time to do some good, to spend some earnest time in prayer and reading the Holy Book, and soaking in the Spirit as we pay homage to the King of Kings, who paid for our sins with His blood and forever changed the path of salvation for all who were, who are, and who are yet to be. God Bless you all.
Reading plan: John 1:29-51
Deeper reading plan: 1 Kings 4-6
Prayer focus: Pray for America to truly take time to reflect and respond to the events of Holy Week.