As I was contemplating and meditation on “Good Friday” and what it means to me, I felt compelled to share. I have a track record of making bad decisions. If I had to choose someone for just about anything, I’d probably avoid choosing me. It pains me to say, but is reality that I’ve failed in many different ways. As far back as I can remember, I haven’t been the best at making decisions. I’ve been hurt an awful lot and have rubbed those hurts off onto others throughout my life. I’ve dishonored not only many people who I’ve said I loved, but I dishonored God. This being said, I am guilty; I deserve hell. But God chose to reveal His glory through the cross. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). I picture it something like this: I am standing before the judge guilty of punishment… He lays out the verdict and I am accused and convicted. I am ready for prosecution and deserving of it, when the judge takes of His robe and steps down off the bench and says… “But I’ll take his place. I’ll take his guilt and shame. Spare him and punish me instead… I love him too much to allow this to happen.” So as I’m contemplating my savior who took my place, I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude, humility, love, and the utmost adoration. He bore my guilt, my inequities, my shame, and my burdens so that I wouldn’t have to. I am now a new creation in Christ and don’t have to suffer under slavery of sin. Therefor, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17). I have been set free because he chose to be crush and persecuted for me. This is the gospel… from which life is given. My life has been renewed; I no longer have to be identified by my past. My identity is found in a loving God who sent His son to die in my place. Today I celebrate my rebirth. Here’s to new beginnings! He offers this to everyone. If you haven’t accepted the gift of grace in your life, today is your day!