1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Today was called “Black Friday” The last wee we kept hearing the term “Black Friday” screaming from the TV, radio and newspapers. The day after Thanksgiving begins the unofficial “Christmas shopping season,” the time of year when retailers move from operating “in the red” (at a loss) to operating “in the black” (making a profit). Stores offer crazy low prices and crazy deals to bring customers into their store, hoping that they will in turn spend a lot of money for gifts. The debt accumulated all year is finally paid.
Each year with all the talk about “Black Friday” I can’t help but think of another “Black Friday”, a day when the greatest price was paid for the greatest gift ever given. Over 2000 years ago, an innocent man gave His life so that others might live. Jesus, God the Son, left His heavenly home, to be born into an ordinary family and live an ordinary life in an ordinary town, until He began His extra-ordinary ministry on earth. For 3 years, He healed the hurting, taught those who would listen, and preached the truth to all. The conclusion of His time on earth was paying the price for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future, and providing the gift of eternal life to any who receive it. In a word, He paid the debt that we owe, a debt we were powerless to pay.
Dear Lord, we thank You for that “Black Friday” many years ago. Thank You for dying on the cross so that we may have eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.