Today is a day that is used to annually commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

As I reflect on that solemn day in history, I cannot help but recognize and stand in awe of the transformative influence that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection has had on history; and, surpassing all other thoughts, the effect that His life has had on eternity.

Even though there are many people that could and will read this that do not believe Christ was and is God, Savior of all, we can all gain a deeper understanding of life, eternity, and history by taking this time to reflect on...

  • Who was Jesus?
  • What was the significance and meaning of Jesus Christ's life and mission?
  • Why did he die?... And why did he die so willingly?
  • How has he impacted history?
  • How has Jesus impacted our lives? (Spiritually, and even culturally)
  • What is the modern significance and meaning of Jesus' life, death, 
  • and resurrection?
  • How does this man named Jesus apply to my life here and now?
1) One of the most relevant things that I can encourage you to do is to read 1 Corinthians 15 either today or this weekend.  This writing provides one of the very best reflections on Jesus' death and resurrection and is a perfect transition from thinking about Good Friday to understanding and cherishing the totality of his defeat of death which we typically celebrate during this time of Easter.

2) The second thing that I would like to encourage you to do is to take a look at this blog post briefly, and accept this challenge to spend some time watching the Good Friday Film on the Mars Hill Church website.  If you can find the spare minutes, I think it is well worth the time to watch, reflect, and think on this production:

"'Good Friday' is the most theologically-based modern film that has been produced attempting to show God's bloody sacrifice presented to serve as payment for our sins and shortcomings.  It took 3 months to film and finish the the production of this movie on sets in Hollywood."

Thank you for taking this time to reflect on Good Friday with me.  
I hope that you accept at least one of the two challenges listed above as it will certainly increase each of our understandings of Good Friday, Jesus, and his death and resurrection.

~ AJ Heil ~

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