Tonight marks the beginning of “Black Friday,” a more-than-24-hours event that brings sales and shoppers together. I am pretty nuetral on this day, having risen early one year to shop and another to #optoutside. My favorite part, however, is when I hear the Good Friday/Black Friday mix up and get to share some FREE (not just discounted) life changing truth:
On Black Friday, people stay up all night to stand in line for a deal. On Good Friday, Jesus was up all night, standing before accusers, and was dealt judgement on our behalf.
On Black Friday, crowds trample each other for gadgets. On Good Friday, Jesus was trampled for the crowds to have restored relationship between God and man.
Jesus didn’t just put salvation on clearance, he made it absolutely free.
Jesus didn’t give freedom from sin to the first 50 in line, He gives all-access to redemption to ANYONE.
Though the sky, indeed, turned black on the day Jesus died, we remember it as GOOD because it is the ONLY way humanity can ever be in the light.
When we search for fulfillment on Black Friday, we get a momentary thrill. When we search for fulfillment in Good Friday, we find true rest, redemption, and eternal filling of joy!
We might snag the perfect gift for that special someone at a once-in-a-lifetime affordable price on Black Friday, only to do it all again the next year. Because of Good Friday, we are counted as special to the ultimate Someone, who reminds us to pass the true Gift on and on. For some, its a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear about life-giving hope.
Because of this, I cannot keep from sharing His story, “as though God were making his appeal through [me]. [I] implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Whether you enjoy the crowds and deals, or just go sledding with friends, I pray you continue in the spirit of gratitude and kindness from this Thanksgiving day.