Today is Good Friday. It is the day we specifically remember the death of Jesus on the cross. It is an important day on the Christian calendar because of its deep spiritual significance. In an effort to teach this lesson to my high school youth group, last week I did a simple object lesson. I gave each of them a piece of red ribbon about a foot long. I then had them write their names one it. Next I taught them about the cross. I told them the seven final words from the cross and the deep meaning of two of them – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” and “It is finished.”
At the end of the lesson I challenged them to take their red ribbon, representing our sin filled life, and place it on the cross. I wanted them to know that Jesus did not just die for the sins of the world but for My sins. Here is the final product.
This picture shows the cross turned red – not just red by your sins, but also by mine.
That is the reason I celebrate Good Friday.