“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Good Friday is the only true “Friday for Future”. It is the only Friday in history that can determine the future of our planet and of all humanity. Good Friday was the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
No one takes my life from Me
Jesus had one purpose in life: to die. For three years, his life and ministry attracted the crowds in 1st century Judea. He preached many sermons, told many parables, but one pivotal statement he made was: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) And when he died that Friday 2000 years ago, his final words were: “Mission accomplished!” (Greek: “Tetelestai”)
Jesus’ crucifixion came as a shock even for his closest friends. It seemed to be the anti-climax of his life. But Jesus had again and again spoken of his coming death. He even made it clear, that dying was his intention all along: “No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.” (John 10:18) So Jesus’ crucifixion was not his defeat, it was his victory!
Living life to the fullest
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Jesus died so we can live life to the fullest. Doesn’t make much sense, right? The clue is in one of the verses quoted above (Mark 10:45): His life was to be “a ransom” for us. The Bible tells us we are all enslaved to sin. Remember the story of Adam, Eve and the forbidden fruit? That’s when sin gained control over mankind. Since then, it is human nature to sin. We are not sinners because we sin; we do sin because we are sinners.
Our sinful nature separates us from our destiny and prevents us from fully enjoying life. God carefully and lovingly created us and assigned us a purpose in life. He gave us our intellect, talents, passions and dreams, and the capability to fulfil these. But we need God’s help to reach our great potential.
Our sin prevents us from connecting to him. Sin is like a slave-master who won’t let go of us. That’s why Jesus speaks of his life as a “ransom for many”. When his life was put to death, he bought our freedom.
What about our planet?
When God created our planet, the made everything perfect. Mankind, who had been given the privilege to steward the planet, messed up. Yet even for that, God has a solution. He is well aware that we need the planet to be whole and a safe place for us. He knows we depend on unpolluted air, clean water, sun and rain. That’s why his salvation is not limited to the human race, it includes nature too: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Turning back to God restores our relationship with him and brings healing to our planet.