God’s Black Friday Deal
I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now. We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community. We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.
I have always been fascinated by people willing to get up in the middle of the night to go shopping for a sale.
There are two women in California who have camped out in front of a store for more than 22 days to be first in line for Black Friday deals and Black Friday is still a week away. I don’t know if it’s a publicity stunt or if they are really desperate enough to waste an entire month of their lives for a $200 TV. They could have made the money for 5 TVs in the time they spent sitting in front of the store.
People love a good deal. And they are willing to expend a great amount of effort to get one. 16% of in-store Black Friday shoppers will leave a gathering of their family and friends – to go shopping – to buy items – to show them they love them. Almost 20% of Black Friday shoppers will stand in line for over two and a half hours to get a good deal. If I’m going to stand in line for two hours there better be a trip to Paris and a massage at the other end of the line.
So much time and energy is expended for things that will wear out and be worthless in a few years.
What if I told you I know of a special Black Friday deal.
- There is no line.
- You don’t have to get up early.
- You don’t even have to leave your home.
- It’s just your size.
- It will never need to be replaced.
- It increases in value the longer you have it.
- And it’s absolutely free.
God’s Black Friday deal is his son, Jesus.
Jesus humbled himself and came to serve those who He knew would abuse Him, to love those who He knew would Hate him, and to die for those who He knew would never accept Him.
- God’s law said don’t sin.
- We broke the law.
- All it took was one time.
- The penalty for sin is death and separation from God’s love.
- God sent someone to pay the debt for us.
- Our whole job is to accept the free gift.
It was a Friday when Jesus was nailed to a cross, to pay for our sins, so we could be forgiven by a Holy Creator. And He did it just for you.
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;…Matthew 27:51-52
For a moment, Satan thought he had won. It was the blackest of all Black Fridays. But it wasn’t over. The power of God raised Jesus from the dead and it raises each one of us from our spiritual death when we receive Him. Our sin separated us from God but Jesus made a way for us to be brought back into relationship with Him.
If there was ever a deal that’s worth standing in line for, this would be it.
the last minute makes me cry every time.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.