Browsing through the blogs on WordPress today I saw a lot of great statements about Good Friday and what it means. Many of the blogs focused, like they should, on the love of God and the price that Jesus paid when He sacrificed Himself for our sins. They pointed out, correctly, why Good Friday is called “Good Friday.”
But for some people Good Friday is actually Bad Friday. Those who go through the motions of honoring Christ in church today but have not repented and believed in their heart are storing up for themselves everlasting punishment in hell.
Consider the words spoken by Jesus Himself when He ate the last supper with His disciples. There were twelve men sitting with Him, but one did not truly believe even though he was part of His inner circle.
Jesus said about him:
“The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24)
It was always part of God’s plan for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and yet the person who betrayed Jesus and did not believe in Him would be punished for rejecting Christ. Likewise, there are many people who eat from the Lord’s table in our churches today who are eating and drinking judgment to themselves (I Corinthians 11:29). They have not repented of their sins, they do not love God more than themselves, and they do not love others. They will spend eternity in hell and their years of pretending to be Christians will only make their final punishment that much more horrible.
It is easy to pretend to love God. It is easy to get teary-eyed in front of others when Christ’s passion and the stations of the cross are mentioned. But if you do not love God in your heart this emotion will quickly pass and leave nothing substantial in its place.