What is so good about Good Friday?
Shouldn’t it be called, dark Friday?
What is “good” about our Savior dying on the cross?
Because of His death, our sins are washed away, and we have eternal life! This is what makes today, Good Friday.
The religious leaders were dead set on crucifying Jesus but needed to go to through the proper “legal” procedures to do so. In reality, there was nothing legal about these trials at all.
Jesus appeared in front of the Jewish and Roman leaders, three times each. The leaders were trying to get the outcome they so desired – His death.
The last trial ended with Pilate. Knowing that Jesus was innocent, he tried to reason with the leaders to have Jesus beaten. It was to no avail. Not wanting to have a disturbance in the district, he caved to the leaders. Pilate put his interest in front of true justice.
It is Finished.
After being mocked, painfully beaten, whipped, forced to carry His cross, having a crown of thorns forced down on His head, Jesus still survived.
He survived each pounding of the nail into His hands and feet. He survived being hoisted up on the cross. He spent six hours on the cross in a kind of pain that no one can imagine. Every breath He took would lead to extreme pain and eventual loss of circulation. In those times, the Crucifixion was the most horrible type of execution.
From noon to 3:00 pm, darkness had fallen, representing a physical and spiritual sign from God. You can not help but wonder what is going through the minds of the leaders – the Bible doesn’t say, but you can assume that perhaps they were questioning if they did the right thing.
At 3:00 pm, Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 ESV
After asking for something to drink, Jesus simply said, “It is finished.” John 19:30.
He was gone.
The Messiah, the King of the Jews, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, was gone.
Matthew 27:51-54 states,
“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
At the moment of Jesus’s death, three significant events occurred; the temple curtain was torn in two, the earth shook, and the bodies of the saints (believers) were raised. It was a Roman soldier, not the Jewish leaders, who knew that Jesus wasn’t just an average person. He is the Son of God.
I’m sure the enemy and his minions were rejoicing, believing that they had victory in this world,
but hold on…
Sunday is coming.
Put Your Faith in Jesus
If you haven’t done so, now is the time to confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. It’s never too late to do this! Run to Him friends; He’s waiting for you!
“Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Son, our Savior of the world. The pain that He endured was beyond what we can all comprehend. Lord, may we remember this day as the day that we were freed from the pain of sin. Thank you, Jesus, for Your conditional love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.”