Good Friday, No Pain No Gain




The other day I was introduced to an extremely difficult workout class called, 
"boot camp." It was insane!! I can't even describe how impossible this class 
was. My legs were on fire.  My arms were completely burned out.  My heart rate 
was flying through the roof, and we were only halfway through the hour long 
class. Every muscle in my body was screaming, "Get me out of this torturous 
class!" The instructor was yelling at the top of his lungs for everyone to keep 
going and as I looked around I wasn't the only one hurting, about a third of the 
class had already walked out. Physically, my body had nothing left but then 
something incredible happened, my song came on "Eye of the Tiger" from the Rocky 
sound track!  Once that song hit I got this second life. I was in the zone. That 
motivation, along with the instructor, and my fear of failing and not finishing 
what I started pushed me all the way to the end. It was such a great feeling. 
It's so amazing how much further you can go after your mind and body are telling 
you to quit. That's not just in the gym, that's a life principle.

I thought about how, as today is Good Friday, how our Savior Jesus Christ went 
through an experience where his body and mind were also screaming, "You can't 
finish this!" Jesus had a mission, He had a journey that was God's will for His 
life and it was the most difficult journey any man would ever have to take in 
history. See, we so easily forget that Jesus at that moment was just as human as 
we are. He was no different. He took the punishment that every one of us 
deserved and so easily it slips our mind just how blessed we really are.
It was the Passover week in Jerusalem 33AD. Judas had just betrayed Jesus for 30 
pieces of silver and now Jesus has been arrest by the Roman soldiers. The 
religious elite spread lies about Jesus. He was convicted of treason and 
condemned to the death penalty.
History tells us that they whipped his back until there was literally no more 
flesh left, and then they flipped him over and began whipping His chest. The 
beating was so horrific that His face was torn and His beard ripped from His 
face. They jammed a razor sharp crown of thorns on His head and the two to three 
inch thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men did not even survive this 
torture. 

Blood just poured out over His broken body. He was mocked and spit at by 
Thousand's of hateful men and women. He had lost so much blood. He hadn't eaten 
or slept in over a day. He was so weak. His body was broken and yet He was only 
half way through His journey. 

How did He make it? How did He finish what His mission was and make it up that 
mountain Calvary with no strength, over one mile carrying a 85 lbs cross on his 
bare back as blood was constantly pouring out of His flesh. How did he have the 
strength to submit to that cross with 8 in nails driven into His wrists and 
feet. Yet in the midst of this horror, still be so focused on His destiny and 
still preaching, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Where did he get the motivation to finish what He started? I'll tell you it 
wasn't "Eye of the tiger" playing in the background. He didn't have Simon Peter 
walking next to him with a boom box and shouting words of encouragement to Him. 
No, No, No! The truth was He had none of that, even God at that moment forsook 
Him.  "Eli, Eli Lema sabachthani? My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?" 
(Matthew 27)
I'll tell you what got him through the ultimate test and gave Him the strength 
to preserver. It was you and it was me. Jesus literally had a picture of Isaac 
Friedel in His head. He had a picture of you in his head, telling Himself, "I 
got to do this for you! I got to make it up this mountain to save Mike. I have 
to take this beating for Tony. I have to let this nail be driven into my wrist 
for Nancy, because they're going to mess up, because they're going to need 
mercy! I have to do this for them. I have to do this for every person, because 
they are going to need the Grace of God. 

I want you to see with your heart that the only thing that motivated Christ to 
endure that infamous day was you and me because he loves us that much. His body 
was spent.  His mind was screaming give up. His earthly flesh was yelling you 
can't make it, but His Love for you is what carried Him through. And if you were 
that important to Him two thousand years ago, just think how important you are 
to him right now today. 

I want you to know right now Jesus is with you! He is with you in your office. 
He is with you in your car. He is with you in that class room. He is with you 
everywhere you go. He has defeated Death. The grave couldn't hold Him! Hell 
couldn't keep Him! Demons couldn't trap Him! Jesus is alive and kicking! He is 
not on that cross anymore! He is not in that tomb anymore! Now He is with you in 
the midst of every storm and every heart ache. In the midst of every agonizing 
circumstance. "Lo I am with you always even unto the end of the age." (Matthew 
28) Jesus loves you more than you know and He has special plans for you. Not just 
some pie in the sky when you died, but here on the ground when you still around. 
Jesus Died so that you could life!!!!
Don't ever forget that!!!
Much Love,
PI
Associate Pastor Isaac Friedel
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About shorechristiancenter

Along with his wife Ronda, Pastor Friedel founded Shore Christian Center Church, which has a substantial presence in the Shore area. While leading the Church in growth his God given vision is unfolding rapidly.
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