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What Is Good Friday?
Good Friday is a day of death. It marks the day that Jesus was crucified. It’s a day of atonement. Of God becoming man, and dying a horrible death so that all may live. Not because we asked Him to, not because He had to, not because we deserved it- but because He loved us. In all of our broken, ugly, dirtiness. He loved us. Even as our sins nailed him to that piece of wood.
What Does The Bible Say About Good Friday?
Innocence died on that Good Friday when God became man, to lay down His life for you and me. The very person we had been waiting for with eager anticipation for generations. The same person we had pinned our hopes to had come- and we crucified Him. But the story doesn’t end with that black day on the calendar… no. Sunday came and with it new life! The story that looked like it ended in crucifixion on the cross, that all hope had been lost is just getting started. Resurrection from the ash of our brokenness. The world -history- changed on that Good Friday.
The Bible says that after a mockery of a trial, being transferred between Herod and Pontius Pilate, that Jesus was taken to a place called Golgotha and crucified. On Good Friday, we took the son of God- and nailed Him to a tree. Because we couldn’t believe that something that simple was true- was right. No, surely it would be harder, wouldn’t it? Surely He would come like a mighty warrior, not a small infant. It couldn’t be that simple… could it?
What Happened On Good Friday?
How dark it must have seemed to those who walked with Jesus day in and day out. The man they had grown to love- who they watched teach, heal, and love the most broken ‘unlovable’ people. He was a good man! Why?
How could a good God allow this to happen? He had served God faithfully. Why? Where was the plan in this? Couldn’t He have swept in and saved His son? Couldn’t He have done something? Anything but this? Wasn’t He powerful enough?
And then the doubt began to creep in no doubt… Was He really the son of God? He performed miracles- couldn’t he have saved himself. Called fire from the sky- or simply disappeared? Why did He allow them to nail Him to that cross?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
Good Friday: Jesus On The Cross
The saddest words in a story are The End. To all earthly viewpoints, this was the end.
All those great things Jesus had done in His lifetime, all those miracles all those lives He changed, people He healed, hearts he pieced back together. It all came to a screeching halt. “It Is Finished“. He said it Himself. God turned the page and began a new chapter.
Good Friday: Jesus Made The Final Sacrifice
Good Friday Bible Verses
- – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:6-10
- “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
- “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:3-5
- But instead of allowing us to wallow in our own understanding, instead of leaving us with the consequences of our crimes God raised Him from the dead. The final sacrifice. A sacrifice that bridged the gap between the father and the child. So that nothing. Nothing could separate us from Him again. Romans 8:37-39 NIV
- But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV
Good Friday: The Day God Died For Us
On Good Friday God took the role of the sacrificial lamb and took on the sins of the world to pay the debt that we could never hope to pay. That no sacrifice, no good deed, no amount of work could wipe away- He stepped in and took it all on Himself and died on the cross to bridge the unbridgeable gap, to wipe away our debt, sweep clean our slate and let us begin again as a new creation that is able to have a personal relationship with our father in heaven.
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