Good Friday: The Good of It

I understand the topic title might sound a little strange, but that is what I want to focus on, today.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, My Lord prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane, for He knew that His time had come to do what He ultimately came here to do. Being human, the knowledge of His coming death was stressful, painful, and frightening. However, my Lord refused to run away and gave Himself to be put to death on the cross. Judas, one of His disciples, betrayed Him, and handed Him over to Pilate for 30 pieces of silver. He was laughed at, mocked, beaten, whipped 39 times, and even had a crown of thorns thrusted on His head. And, even after all of the pain and public humiliation, He carried the cross, with His severely weakened body, up the hill to Golgotha (some might call it Calvary). There, His hands and feet were pierced by nails, driven through His flesh into the wood on the other side. Within what might have been a few hours, He died there.

What was the good part of that, you ask? Ever since Man’s fall, sacrifices had to be made for the atonement of sins. However, the priests were imperfect, and the offerings were imperfect. Not a man could ultimately redeem the sins of the people. Then God sent His Son to take away the sins of the world. He was made man so He could be made a perfect offering to God.  He was God, but He was also a man, and as a man, He was tempted in every way, but He was without sin. By dying on the cross, we no longer have to make continual sacrifices to God. Even better, we are all made heirs of God, because of His Son. Jesus, as a priest, made the ultimate sacrifice. Being a priest, He is also the connection between God and Man. He, as the Lamb of God, sacrificed Himself to remove the sins of the present, but the sins of the past and the future, as well. The veil of the temple tore in two from top to bottom, because when the sacrifice was complete, we are now able to approach God’s throne through our Lord Jesus. And that is just scratching the surface.

I consider this day, together with Easter, as the most important holiday, with Christmas close behind. We need to thank the Lord, this Friday, for without Him, we would not have been saved.


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