18
Apr
14

He Put The Good In Good Friday

There are no words that can adequately describe what Jesus did on Good Friday.  The nails.  The jeers.  The taunts.  The humiliation.  The forsaking of His Father.  The crushing weight of sin and guilt that He had never known previously.  He didn’t deserve it.  He deserved to be seated on a throne, not nailed to a cross.  Yet He chose to carry the cross.  He chose to take the nails.  He chose to die.  In those six hours, Jesus fulfilled His purpose – to die for the sins of humanity.  To die for you and for me.
His final words, “It is finished,” have such weight and meaning.  What was finished?  The need for sacrifices for He was the ultimate sacrifice.  His ministry on earth had been completed.  The need for an intermediary between God and humanity.  It was the end of the enemy’s tyrannical reign over sinners.  He was the ransom and the price had been paid in full.  It was the end of Jesus’ life, but it was the beginning of hope and freedom and forgiveness.  These were made possible by the One who gave up His throne, His spirit and His life for us.
John 19:16b-18, 28-30 (NIV)
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
​28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
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