Today is a day I hold very dear to my heart. Today is Good Friday. Did you ever wonder why it is named “Good” Friday? Think about it. We often say, “That was a good dinner.” We say, “Good morning,” even to passersby on the street. Let’s face it, the word “good” is used so frequently that it has nearly lost its credibility as an adjective. So maybe we should rename this special day and call it Great Friday. That would give it more significance, right? When you really stop to think about it, though, the name most befitting of this important day on the calendar would be Grace Friday.

In reality, it matters not what we call this particular day. What matters is whether we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave his life for you and me. He was not seeking fame or fortune. He was not trying to do a good deed or striving to be great. He died on the cross to cleanse our sins, to grant us eternal life, and to shower us with love and mercy we do not even deserve. Romans 5:8 (ESV) says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” As a song I wrote a few years ago says, Jesus gave his life for love. (I invite you to visit for a free download of my song.)

Perhaps you look at the calendar and wonder what Easter is really all about. Deep within your heart, do you feel as if there must be something more, beyond the chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs? If you are searching for answers, look no further. Jesus Christ is the answer you seek. John 3:16 (NIV) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The King of kings and Lord of lords gave his life as a ransom for every man, woman, boy, and girl on this planet. That includes you. Why? Because of love.

Jesus could have called ten thousand angels to save him from the cross. He did not have to endure the pain and agony. He could have told his Father, “I can’t do it. I have had enough.” Instead, he stayed there on the cross, because he knew that you and I needed a Savior. He knew that we would have no lasting hope on our own. Jesus wanted to give us the most heartfelt and important gift given in the history of humanity: eternal love and everlasting life.

You may be thinking, why would a King do this for me? I have failed so many times. The Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Not one of us is without blemish. We have all made mistakes. Still, his love for us is never-ending. Jesus shed his blood to forgive our sins. He bore all of the earth’s diseases to heal our sicknesses. On top of all of that, he granted us eternal life in Heaven with him, for everyone who has a personal relationship with him.

This weekend, I encourage you to cherish the time you have with family and friends. Enjoy the delicious dinners and sweet bunny-shaped treats. Above all, remember the reason for Easter, or as I prefer to call it, Resurrection Day. This special day is not about bunnies and baskets. It is a day to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Jesus Christ gave his life for love (I John 3:16). On Good Friday, Jesus died. On the third day, he rose again. Now he is sitting at the right hand of God, interceding on our behalf. He bestows upon us unconditional love, even though we are undeserving. God’s Word says, “All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). No matter who you are or what you have done, the redeeming love of Jesus is free to everyone who believes.

Whether you call Good Friday, good or great, remember that Easter is really all about grace.

In Christ's Love,