Good Friday

Good Friday, a day we remember and reflect on every year. The day Jesus died for our sins, taking the penalty for our sins, the penalty we deserved. A day we are all familiar with it, but we know for us, after hearing this year after year, day in and day out, "Jesus died for my sins," We've allowed it to become old. We don't begin to realize how serious our sin is, it put Jesus on the cross. 
We tend to let the death of Jesus be downplayed in our minds and hearts, no, we don't mean to, but we've allowed it to become taken for granted in my life. 

But exactly what did Jesus give for us? What did that look like? We pray that we are reminded of what our Savior did for us and that you also would be encouraged as we attempt to describe what Jesus did for us in words. 

Jesus, the God of the universe, came down to earth as a baby, born of a lowly virgin. He came to this earth, not in His regal splendor, but as a servant. 

He lived a sinless life, healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, drove out demons, and preached the good news of the kingdom. 

He was betrayed by a close friend for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. He was abandoned by His closest friends on the night of His arrest. 

He was given a mock trial and sentenced to death by the religious leaders of His day, the very ones who were eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah. They sentenced their long-awaited Messiah to death.   

He was taken to Pilate, the Roman governor, who sentenced Him to death by crucifixion even though he knew Jesus was innocent. He chose to please the crowds who were clamoring for Jesus' death, even though just days before this same crowd had hailed Jesus as King and Messiah. A condemned murderer on death row was released in exchange for the life of the sinless, guiltless, pure Son of God.

Taken into the custody by the Roman soldiers, He was then flogged and beaten till He was beyond recognition. A crown of thorns was placed on the King of kings' head as the soldiers mocked Him, spit on Him, and struck Him on the head, driving the thorns deeper into His head. 

He was then forced to carry His own cross out of the city to the place of the skull, Golgotha. He stumbled and fell, exhausted from going without sleep all night, the pain from His shredded back and His loss of blood. A Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus' cross.   

Upon reaching the hill, they stretched out the Creator of the world's hands out on the cross, driving iron spikes through His wrists and then His feet. 

Meanwhile, the crowd around scoffed and mocked the very man they had hailed as their Messiah as He entered Jerusalem on a donkey only a few days before. I am not surprised to see myself among the scoffers and hear my voice call out as the loudest among them. 

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Jesus said on the cross, even as He was suffering excruciating pain, He forgave the very ones who put Him there! 

Then with a loud cry, He said, "It is finished!" He then bowed His head and died. 

When we really think about His death, the torment and anguish Jesus went through for us, it puts us in awe of my Savior. The Creator of all experiencing pain! He's God, why should He ever suffer pain, much less the excruciating pain He went through? 

It was because of our sin, our rebellion, when we chose our way over God's. We might as well have driven the iron spikes into His hands and feet ourselves, because we were the ones who put Him there. 

He didn't have to come and die, He could have gotten out of it any time. Why go through all that to save a wretched, depraved sinner like us? We deserve Hell, notice the word deserve. We think we deserve and am entitled to so much in this life yet the only thing we rightfully deserve and am entitled to is Hell. 

Jesus came to die, not because He had to, but because of His love for us, for you. I tell you, there are a lot of people we love, but we don't love anyone enough to go to a cross for them. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus did. The nails didn't hold Him to that cross, He could have left that cross any moment. It was His love for us, for you, that held Him there.       

That's true love. 

Jesus died that we might have a way back to reconciliation with God. Jesus provided the way, the only way. (John 14:6)

Without Jesus We'd be heading straight to Hell and rightfully so, for we are wicked sinners, but Jesus took our sin, shame, guilt and dishonor, wickedness, evilness, our depravity, and our places on death row. 
He exchanged our sin for His sinlessness, our shame and dishonor for His honor, our guilt for His spotlessness, our wickedness for His righteousness, our evilness for His purity, our depravity for His holiness, our condemnation for His innocence. 

We are free and alive today, because of what our Jesus did for us! He gave His all! How can we as Christians do any less? 

Let us then proclaim the message of salvation, Jesus' death and resurrection to this dying world around us! We have hope because of Jesus, let's share it with others! Let not the death of our Savior become old to us! May we be in awe and wonder of Him and His love for us every time we hear those well-known words, "Jesus died for me." 

It is all because of Jesus! To Him alone be all the glory, power, fame, exultation, praise, honor, and recognition throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen!!!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." -John 3:16

To Jesus alone be the glory! 
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