Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For April 7th

Happy Friday, Team!

As we close out another week, I reflect on the significance of this Friday in particular. It’s Good Friday, and for many Christians, it is the day that changed the world. In some cases, we look at this day with sadness and horror. In other cases, we accept it as God’s will, knowing what is about to happen three days later.


I think about how Jesus pleaded with the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane to “…let this cup pass.” I can feel the anguish He must have experienced that day. The Bible describes the scene where Jesus felt “overwhelming sadness and anguish….” Yet, with the burden on Him, as He knew precisely what was about to happen, He mustered up the courage to say, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou will.”


Believe it or not, I have been there in that state of desperation and overwhelming anxiety. Where I begged God for something to pass and heard no affirmative answer, at a certain point, I could hear myself say, “Lord, not my will, but Your will be done.”

What I get from this day year after year, in taking time to reflect, is just how human Jesus was. The Bible tells us that Jesus was tempted by everything we deal with. In Hebrews 4:15, the Bible says, “For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.”


Jesus was fully human and God, which can be difficult for humans to understand. But had he been only human, His death would do nothing to help us. Had He been only human, like other great humans, He would have been noted in history and forgotten, and we would still need a savior to reconcile us with God. Jesus was/ is also God; because He lives, we can face a future with hope and anticipation of His return.


Of all the days of the year, for Believers, this is the one day that we rejoice, for Christ is risen! So, as I greet you this Good Friday, I do it with joy. There are too many reasons we should be thankful for what Jesus did on the cross. The stripes from His beatings bring healing. The blood of Christ breaks the bonds of sin and connects us back to the Father. God, the Father, loved us so much that He sent a perfect sacrifice to reconcile us to Himself. I am so grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for all humankind. Aren’t you?


Good Friday blessings to you all and Happy Resurrection Day.

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