Good Friday: Ground Zero/Terra Firma


There is a direct connection between your sense of being forgiven and your ability to grant forgiveness.

I think Good Friday is Ground Zero/Terra Firma. It is ground zero and terra firma on the subject of forgiveness.

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ hung on the cross and within the unity of the Godhead (Father, Son, Spirit) determined to offer forgiveness for some unsavory characters. Yes, the Sanhedrin, the Roman soldiers, the crowd, the thieves crucified with him. And you and me. Everyone there that day and everyone here now was at the Cross of Christ that day. Some were sneering, some were slandering, some were sorrowing, and all were and are sinners.  

Forgiveness was His mission in coming; Mark’s gospel tells us that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus asked for forgiveness because they did not know what they were doing. Their ignorance led them to seek the death of the one who would become their Savior.

What does that mean to us? There is a direct connection between your sense of being forgiven and your ability to grant forgiveness. In other words, when I feel forgiven, I am more forgiving. So, today, God’s forgiveness of our enormous debt is the starting place in our discussion about forgiving others. Good Friday is GROUND ZERO; TERRA FIRMA in the battle for a forgiven and forgiving life.

Listen carefully to these words from Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” The basis of us forgiving one another is God’s forgiveness of us.

DEFINITION: Forgiveness is relinquishing my right to hurt you for hurting me. It is releasing you from my judgment and releasing you to God’s justice. It is letting go of my RIGHT to get even.

I was at the cross that day.  So were you.  I have been forgiven.  Now I must forgive others.

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