Read John 19:17-42
Here is some of what happened on Good Friday. Jesus gave His life for us on the cross of Calvary, and all of history came into glorious focus.
Jesus’ fulfilled all of the over 300 prophesies recorded in the Old Testament, many of which focused on His Sacrificial death. Here is a link for a listing of some of them.
Jesus crossed all social lines in His ministry. Rich and poor, male and female, religious and non-religious. Some stayed true until the end while others ran away. John, Jesus’ mother, Mary Magdalene stayed all the way to the cross, Peter, and all the rest of the disciples, fled and denied. Joseph of Arimathea, was a disciple, though in secret for fear of the Jews, however, he stepped up when it mattered. So did old Nicodemus.
How we start, does not matter so much as how we end.
We often fail and fall on our journey, but God is loving and gracious and always gives us another chance. He will keep giving us the same tests until we pass. By the way, the tests are always open Book, and you can ask your neighbor for help!
We can also be surrounded by our enemies, seem to be totally helpless and defeated, yet God reigns. God is sovereign, has a plan, and will not be thwarted. Consider this section of Scripture:
Read Romans 8:31-39
Jesus defeated sin and death by His sacrifice on the cross. The tombs were open, and death lost its sting for the believer.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
Yes, we mourn our loss of a saved loved one, but not their location. In fact, we are often envious. They are now free of pain, heartache, tears, sorrow, sickness, their earthly, death-filled life is over and they have stepped into glory. They are now free and we long to join them. Why, because of what Jesus did on the cross.
Jesus initiated the new covenant on the cross.
Hebrews 9:14-16 – “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Read Hebrews 8:6-13
Sometimes we read the crucifixion story and overlook much of what took place. The whole universe changed that day. What was messed up since the time of Adam, was restored. When Jesus shouted, IT IS FINISHED, it was. The sacrifice was offered. The price was paid. Man was saved. We can never grasp all that happened, but we know enough, and it should move us to worship.
2 Corinthians 5:21-“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The Greatest Exchange in History
Hebrews 4:14-16 – “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Because of the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross, we can now enter into the Holy of Holies and be received as if we are Jesus. We are forgiven our sin, and commissioned as ambassadors for Christ’s Kingdom. We are adopted into the Family of God. We can now call God almighty our Father. Both Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6 tell us of our new relationship – Abba Father, which means – daddy, papa.
The cross opened the new and living way to an eternal relationship and unending life.
We read the story of the cross and we should be moved to worship. We are now family, safe, protected, destined for Glory, in service of the King, more than that, children of Him. Amen. The cross was the sacrifice, next week the acceptance proven by the Resurrection!