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Good Friday: Living “I’m Third” through Jesus’ Resurrection

When we think about what happened on Good Friday many, many years ago, it’s often through a lense of gloom and extreme suffering. Then, why do we call it Good Friday? Why is a day marked by death and despair now referred to with a word that means the opposite? 


The eternal  impact of Good Friday makes it a day of celebration, rather than a day of distress. It’s on this day that we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice: Christ shedding His blood to relieve us from the burden of our sins; to grant us victory over death. 


Good Friday stands as the ultimate reminder that joy comes in the morning, even if pain and suffering are endured along the journey. For believers, on the other side of any agony, discomfort or hardship, there is freedom and new life. Good Friday doesn’t mark “The End,” but rather the beginning. 


For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Romans 5:6-8


Jesus died not only to forgive sins, but so that we could know and love Him personally. It’s in His death, that we find life. Although the burden and pain He bore for us was immeasurably heavy, He thought we were worth it. He thought we were worth the ultimate sacrifice.  Every stumble to the cross, every jeer and humiliating act — he continued on because of us. 


When we truly stop to consider the magnitude of Good Friday and what took place, it can be a joyously overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Sometimes it even feels incomprehensible.  How could Jesus’ love and sacrifice be strong enough to forgive all our past mistakes? To wash away all of our sins? 


This sacrificial love is the foundation of our “I’m Third” teaching here at Kanakuk. We find this teaching all over scripture, in both loud and subtle ways. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to servant leadership. We put God and others before our needs and desires, because Jesus did for us. 


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16


All throughout Holy Week and particularly on Good Friday, our faith is tested. We might fall into moments of anxiety or loneliness. We might be tempted to doubt Him, much like the disciples did. But in this ultimate sacrifice, we realize death, despair and darkness never get the last word. 


We aren’t called to be fairweather followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to daily pick up our cross, and help others carry theirs, to honor Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and act of love. We hope you find freedom in this opportunity to follow and find Jesus, Kanakuk Family. We wish you a wonderful Easter weekend!