Good things about Good Friday ( by Fenny West)

Good Shepherd paid the ultimate price to save the world

Omniscient God became my sacrifice

Omnipotent God fulfilled His promise to send His Son for us

Divinity encapsulated in humanity was pour out like water to save

Freedom from sin and death was made possible

Righteous demands of a Just God was satisfied

I was crucified with Christ to prepare me for a New Life

Deal of All deals was done

Acceptance of God was made possible

You and I became justified

©Fenny West

http://www.inspiration4generations.com

 

Good Shepherd, Great I Am

Omnipotent, Omnipresent

Omniscience,

Deliverer

First and the Last, First Born from the Dead

Rose of Sharon, Redeemer, Ransom

Infinite in wisdom, in Whom is Eternal Life

Deliverer,

Author and Finisher, Alpha and Omega

Yahweh

 

©Fenny West2020

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What is good about Good Friday? ( by Fenny West)

Have you ever imagined what is good about Good Friday– the day of the crucifixion of Jesus?

Let’s examine events leading up to this day and what eventually happened on that fateful day.

Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, had connived with others and betrayed Jesus, selling Him for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus had been treated like a chattel, to be exchanged for money. Love of money was working, big time. The entire lessons Jesus taught had gone into one ear and out the other. Judas, who was the treasurer and accountant, was not content with helping himself from the treasury, he wanted more and Jesus was his ultimate scalp, spoil, loot, prize- His Master.( Matt26:14-16)

Could you believe it?

However Jesus had predicted that one of His disciples would betray Him and His word would not fall to the ground. He had also said a man’s enemies are members of his household and we can see this truth played out.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

And so after the money had changed hands, the hordes of hell, in the form of Roman soldiers were unleashed, with Judas at the helm of the pack, on their way to look for Jesus on concocted charges. Jesus had just finished praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and they came swooping down like hawks on their prey-Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to identify the ‘prize’ or target.

Could you believe it? Mark 14:44, Matt 26:49

As they tried to arrest Jesus and Peter became bold and brash and unsheathe his dagger to defend Jesus, cutting off the ears of one of the soldiers.

53When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:48-53

 Notice, Peter, instead of getting a commendation, got a rebuke from Jesus. ‘, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

John 18:11

Jesus then proceeded to heal the man whose ear was dangling in the floor, while he reeled in anguish. What goodness! How exemplary! Would you have done that if you were in the shoes of Jesus? What a lesson to us on Good Friday!

Jesus wanted the disciples not to be in harm’s way even in that dark hour.

8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 The miracle that Jesus did never softened the hearts of the soldiers. He was still maltreated and dragged away to be interrogated.

Next we see Jesus on trial, accused of heresy. The people clamoured, even clamoured for his blood, like hounds on their prey: Crucify Him! Crucify Him! they chanted. Pilate did not see any fault in Him, yet he was obliged to release someone on that occasion. The people wanted a criminal- Barabbas released instead of Jesus. (Luke 23:18-21)

6Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. John 19:16

Jesus Mocked and Beaten (Luke 22: 62-65)

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest ( John18:19-22)

Eventually, Jesus was condemned to die an ignominious death on the cross. He was scourged- beaten with rods and ropes that had spikes on them such that the spikes lodged themselves into his skin as they flogged Him. And as they pulled the ropes, flesh and blood was ripped out. (Matt 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1, Luke 23:25)

 What is good about this?

Jesus was beaten, battered and broken, under the most excruciating pain imaginable. He had envisaged this barbarism as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He cried, ‘42saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’Luke22

 

After the thorough scourging that marred and disfigured Him so badly, (There is no beauty that we should desire Him (Isa 53:2 ) He was given a cross to carry to Golgotha. As He carried the cross, it weighed Him down and He fell under its weight several times as drops of sweat and blood dripped down His body.

Eventually they reached the scene of the crucifixion where they put the nails to His hands and feet and mocked Him: Hail, king of the Jews.’ Others said,’He saved others but He cannot save himself.’ If You are the Son of God, come down from that cross.’

Others were interested in His seamless gown and cast lots to see who will win.

( Matt 27:5)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus ( Matt 27:27-31,37-44)

This was still Friday. Have you seen any good in all this yet? Wait for it.

Summary of the Horrors

We have seen:

  • the unbelievable betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples,
  • the trumped-up charges and accusations,
  • the sham and shameful trial like a criminal
  • His rejection and the triumph of the mob who preferred a criminal in the place of Jesus,
  • the injustice meted out by the high priest, even though He was innocent
  • the barbaric scourging,the mocking;
  • the crown of thorns criminals being crucified with Him, shameless casting of lots for His garment, apart from beating Him mercilessly beyond recognition
  • We saw how He was forced to carry His cross  despite the excruciating trauma He was going through. Many times along the way to Golgotha, He crashed under the weight of the cross until they drafted Simon of Cyrene to help carry the cross. Matt 27:31-32
  •  There was the driving of the nails into His hands and feet and suspending Him between heaven and earth with the sign ‘All Hail King of the Jews. There was the piercing of his side, when water and blood flowed
  • His disciples forsook Him and fled.
  • One of the disciples He had trusted most-Peter- denying Him not just once or twice but three times.
  • He died eventually.

In this catalogue of woes where is the good?

What a day it was!

So what is good about Good Friday?

 

Now let’s see the goodness in Good Friday:

Thank God for Good Friday!

Jesus, facing the ominous darkness that would descend on Him soon as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, came to a cross road where He was tempted to backtrack, bypass the cross (the bitter cup)- the reason why He was born but He resolved: ‘Not my will but your will be done.’

 If He had backed out, we would have remained in our sin. Salvation plan would have been aborted.

 Thank God for Good Friday!

On that day when the hordes of hell came to arrest Him, remember when Peter tried to defend Him in bravado and cut off the ears of one of the soldiers, Jesus rebuked Peter and rose above the occasion and healed that man. That was a lesson for us all that we can rise over evil with good, regardless of what we face.

Jesus handled His trial with dignity as an example for us to follow when we are tried or falsely accused. There were moments when He was simply silent before his accusers in fulfilment of prophecy (Isa:53:7). We too must learn to leave our case with God when we are falsely accused and mocked as we face the Race of Grace in pursuance of our destiny. There is a price to pay in the pursuance of purpose. Jesus paid His and we must be ready to pay ours as His disciples.

Jesus died for those He created, those who rejected Him. And that includes you and I. He died for our sins He was our perfect Lamb slain to take away our sin. ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.’ ( Heb9:22)

Before Jesus died, He taught some powerful enduring lessons in His seven immortal statements, even as He hung on that cross. These truths teach us many powerful lessons about the goodness of Good Friday.

  1. “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.”

What a powerful statement and prayer of magnanimity and forgiveness in His hour of death; an example for us to follow in time of crisis. He saw through the eyes of the Father and so should we in our moments of crisis. We too should pray for our persecutors.

  1. “Woman, behold your son!”.’ He was still thinking of taking care of His mother even whilst on the cross and suffering such agony. John19:27

We too should look beyond ourselves and provide for our loved ones regardless of what we go through. That is selflessness, love and care openly demonstrated.

 3. “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

Whilst one of the criminals hung with him mocked Him: “He saved other but He cannot save Himself the other was very respectful and acknowledge He was innocent and prayed to be remembered. Jesus immediately assured him of his salvation. This is a powerful lesson about penitence and salvation which He taught us on the cross. This is surely a powerful truth about Good Friday.  God would forgive anyone of their sin if they acknowledge it, no matter when. Luke23:43

  1. “I thirst” When Jesus made his utterance we saw His humanity permeating His divinity. He was thirsty, dehydrated like we would be and asked for water. But instead of giving Him water they gave Him vinegar mixed with gall- a poison. He was teaching us that you cannot rely on man. Man will disappoint you. Only God is totally reliable.

 5. It Is Finished John 19:30

‘It is finished!’ He finished that the Father gave Him to do- saving us from our sins.

Henceforth, anyone who confessed their sins and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will be saved and have a home in heaven assured of eternal life.

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

You and I can also finish the work the father has for us to do. Paul finished and was able to say I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith… 2Tim4:7-8

 

  1. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps22

Jesus dies on the Cross

45     Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Matt 27:45-46

 This echoed the prophetic Psalmist’s ( David) Words in Psalm2. It shows us the enormity of sin- separation from God. Yes, even the Son of God was separated from the Father. for a moment, not because of His sin, but because your sin and my sin. He was sinless. He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. ( 2Cor5:21)

It also teaches us that you and I will come to this moment of My God, my God why have you forsaken me moments. This is a dark moment when you could feel abandoned by God. When it happens just remember that Jesus was there. However do not forget that He also told us He will never leave us nor forsake us until the end of the age. That should cheer you up.

33   These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John16:33

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matt28:20)

  1. ‘Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’

Jesus Dies on the Cross

God is the ultimate keeper of your soul and my soul. And what is committed into His hands, He is able to keep against that day .He is able to keep us faultless and present us before the presence of His glory with exceeding great Joy. Satan shall not triumph over us. Evil will not prevail. When we go through our good Fridays, we will be reminded that all things work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Sunday, Resurrection day is coming!

He was assured that His sacrifice was enough and accepted and that there will be an eventual reunion. This is an assurance you and I should have too.

10   For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

11   You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 The devil and his cohorts played into God’s hands when they crucified the Lord of Glory. Through it God’s redemption plan was fulfilled.

So regardless of what the enemy tries to do to you, it will work out for your good.

And so on the third day, just as Jesus predicted before He died, it happened, as He was raised from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him. He rose up triumphant, truly the King of Glory.

The angel told Mary: ‘Look not for the living among the dead. He has risen, just like He said.’
The Resurrection and the Life is Alive.

Thank God for Good Friday. It was grim, grotesque, gruesome, traumatic, dark and dastardly but it paved the way for Easter. Yes, on Easter Sunday, the stone was rolled away, the Sun and the Son- the Sweet Rose of Sharon rose again from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory! Hallelujah!

 

 

Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements ( by Fenny West)

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Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements of Jesus On the Cross

  1. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise.

  2. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.

  4. John 19:28: I thirst.

  5. John 19:29-30: It is finished.

  6. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Looking at the seven poignant revelatory statements of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, we can attest that the words that He spoke were Spirit and life. Let us now ponder on and feast on the immortal words that tumbled out of the mouth of our Saviour, Who though very God, was also very man. His words are as comforting and inspirational as ever even after over 2000 years since they were first uttered.
We have the Holy Spirit, Who is here, to breathe new life into those words. 

Jesus himself said, ‘The Words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.’
Come with me as we partake of fresh Bread from Heaven. John6:63 KJV

39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

As we all know, two thieves were crucified with Jesus, one on either side. One of them joined with other who said, ‘he delivered others he could not deliver himself,…’ ’ if you are the Son of delivered yourself and us. If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. . He cast aspersions and disrespected the Saviour. The other man was more sensible. He knew Jesus was innocent and that they deserved their punishment. He rebuked his fellow criminal ‘Don’t you fear God?’ This man is innocent .He went on to ask Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom. And Jesus said:

1.“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 
Luke 23:42-44

What is our lesson from Jesus’ statement?
God is merciful, and no matter how far gone we may think we are, all we need to do is to be humble and penitent. One of the criminals realised he was a sinner and asked the Lord to remember him and that was enough to save him. The truth remains, that when we are full of our own ways it becomes a stumbling block to reconciliation with God. Furthermore, reconciliation with God is often made complex but it is as simple as saying, ‘Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Accept me as one of your own. Forgive me.’ And that will mark a New Beginning, a fresh start on a glorious New and Living Way.

He said in His word, ‘Come as you are’ ‘ Come all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. ..Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ‘ ‘ The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ‘ ‘ As many as received Him, He gave the power to become children of God.’ ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old has gone and the new has come.’

If you do not know Him as Lord and Saviour, this is a good time to commit your life to Him and let Him come into your heart to take His rightful seat.

9     that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10   For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom10:9-10

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2.“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” Luke 23:33-35 NKJV

Jesus was agonising on the cross with excruciating pain arising from the scourging. He had been beaten, tortured, battered, broken, abused, yet he had the time, patience and compassion to pray for those who crucified Him. He knew they were blind and acted in ignorance. He knew they were fulfilling the scriptures. He knew it was the only way He could redeem you and I and so He prayed for them. ‘Father, forgive them..’

Often we look at those who crucified Him and wonder, ‘How could they do such, cruel, barbaric deed?’ but we fail to realise that it was our sins also that necessitated his hanging on the cross. In other words, we are also guilty and it was the love of God that caused Jesus to come and die for each one of us. ‘It pleased the Father to bruise Him.’

10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. KJVIsa53:10

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, 
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.Isa53:10NIV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:20
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all Isa53:6
Even right now, Jesus is still praying for us at the Father’s right hand as our Advocate, Attorney and Intercessor. He always lives to make intercession for the saints. That gives you and I hope doesn’t it?

Today, we can see in various parts of the world, as it had been in times past, persecution of Christians. Many are in jail because of their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should be praying the same, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ We should be praying that that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, just like Saul of Tarsus was converted to Paul the Apostle.

Secondly, when we are persecuted we should not take it personal if we are to continue the Race of Grace with confidence, courage and determination without falling by the wayside. When Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the early believers and was arrested, Jesus asked Him: Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

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3.‘Behold your mother!’ 

26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home John19:26-27

Knowing that he would be gone soon, Jesus committed his mother into the hands of one of his disciples, John, the beloved. He understood the pain that his mother was going through and had to make provision for her even on the cross. It shows us how caring and compassionate He was not just for spiritual things, but for our emotional and material well-being.

He remains the same, compassionate, faithful, true, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, good and upright, without injustice. He the Rock of Ages cleft for you and me.
He is the God who supplies all our needs according to His glorious riches through Christ Jesus, Jehovah Jireh.

4.‘I Thirst!’

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28
Here we see His humanity evident. He thirsts as we thirst. In Hebrews we are told that:

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb.4:15

Here we see the humanity of Jesus married to His divinity, and this qualified Him to be our Saviour. He knows where and how we hurt and how we are tempted. He and He alone is able to bring succour and relief to us. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Him.

5.“It is finished!”

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30
Casting our minds back at the onset of his ministry, he said ’Don’t you know that I about My Father’s business and to finish it?’ he all also said , ‘ My food is to do the Father’s business and to finish it. This was why when it was time for him to go to the cross He set his face like a flint, undeterred. He would not let even one of His closest friends, Peter, to dissuade Him from His mission. Remember how He rebuked him sternly: ‘Get thee behind me satan…’

What is our lesson?
You and I have a mission, an assignment individually and corporately. We need to identify it and identify with it and pursue it until we finish it like Jesus did. We need to be focused in spite of the distractions that come our way. We too must be single minded and realise that often the enemy will use those closest to us to distract us from or purpose in life. We must be sensitive and stand our ground until we finish our calling.

6.“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matt 27:45-46

At this point our sins were heaped on Him, and just as sin separates, he was separated from His Father for a while. Like a scapegoat He bore our sins and carried our sorrows, bruised for iniquities, visited with the punishment that bought and brought us peace with God. We can also see the enormity, gravity, and sordid weight, wedge and barrier and alienation occasioned by sin. Again we can see the purity, righteousness and holiness of God.

7.“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”

46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last 
Luke 23:46

Jesus commits his spirit into the hands of His Father. He surrenders all to Him who is faithful and able to keep against that day that committed into His hands. He had laid down His life for His sheep. He knew he would be back in business after His resurrection. He knew he would multiply Himself after his resurrection. He knew that
‘…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

And so He was confident to commit His Spirit into the Hands of the Righteous Judge, the Judge of the whole earth.

We too can confidently commit our spirits into God’s mighty, powerful, faithful, capable hands now and when we are called home to be with Him. Our Father owns the land on both sides of the river. We can go with peace, assurance, confidence, that absent in the Body is presence with the Lord.

8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2Cor. 5:8

The words of Jesus are always spirit and life. His words are dynamic, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. They are a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. We can feed our souls on them and be satisfied. Little wonder Mary pondered on them whilst Martha was distracted. Even on the cross He continues to teach, preach, forgive, love, pray, demonstrate faith.

May you and I catch the fire in His bones even today, Amen.

What Is Good About Good Friday ( by Fenny West)

What is good about Good Friday?

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Have you ever imagined what is good about Good Friday– the day of the crucifixion of Jesus?

Let’s examine events leading to this day and what eventually happened on that fateful day.

Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, had connived with others and betrayed Jesus, selling Him for 30pieces of silver. Jesus had been treated like a chattel, to be exchanged for money. Love of money was working, big time. The entire lessons Jesus taught had gone into one ear and out the other. Judas, who was the treasurer and accountant, was not content with helping himself from the treasury, he wanted more and Jesus was his ultimate scalp, spoil, loot, prize- His Master.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14     Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15     and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

16            So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him Matt26:14-16

And so after the money had changed hands, the hordes of hell, in the form of Roman soldiers were unleashed, with Judas at the helm of the pack, on their way to look for Jesus on concocted charges. Jesus had just finished praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and came swooping like hawks on their prey. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to identify the ‘prize’ or target. Could you believe it?

“Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely. Mark14:44

Matthew 26

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”

 

49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

 

 

As they tried to arrest Jesus, Peter became bold and brash and unsheathes his dagger to defend Jesus, cutting off the ears of one of the soldiers.

48     But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49     When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

50     And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51     But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

52     Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

53     When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”Luke22:

 

 Peter, instead of getting a commendation, got a rebuke from Jesus. ‘, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

John18:11

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Jesus then proceeded to heal the man whose ear was dangling in the floor, while he reeled in anguish. What goodness! How exemplary! Would you have done that if you were in the shoes of Jesus? What a lesson to us on Good Friday!

Jesus wanted the disciples not to be in harms way even in that dark hour.

8       Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 

The miracle that Jesus did never softened the hearts of the soldiers. He was still maltreated and dragged away to be interrogated.

Next we see Jesus on trial, accused of heresy. The people clamoured, even bayed for his blood like hounds on their prey: Crucify Him! Crucify Him!, they shouted. Pilate did not see any fault in Him, yet he was obliged to release someone on that occasion. The people wanted a criminal- Barabbas released instead of Jesus.

18     And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” —

19     who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20     Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

21     But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Luke23

6              Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. John19:16

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63     Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

64     And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”

65            And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.Luke22:63-65

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest

19     The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.

20     Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

21     Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”

22     And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”

John18:19-22

Eventually, Jesus was condemned to die an ignominious death on the cross. He was scourged- beaten with rods and ropes that had spikes on them such that the spikes lodged themselves into his skin as they flogged Him. And as they pulled the ropes, flesh and blood was ripped out.

Matthew 27

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

 

Mark 15

15 So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

 

John 19

1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

25     And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Luke23

 

What is good about this?

Jesus was beaten, battered and broken, under the most excruciating pain imaginable. He had envisaged this barbarism as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He cried, ‘42              saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’Luke22

 

After the thorough scourging that marred and disfigured Him so badly (There is no beauty that we should desire Him) Isa53:2 , He was given a cross to carry to Golgotha. As He carried the cross, it weighed Him down and He fell under its weight several times as drops of sweat and blood dripped down His body.

Eventually they reached the scene of the crucifixion where they put the nails to His hands and feet and mocked Him: Hail, king of the Jews.’ Others said ,’He saved others but He cannot save himself.’ If You are the Son of God, come down from that cross.’

Others were interested in His seamless gown and cast lots to see who will win.

5    Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”Matt27

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27     Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.

28     And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.

29     When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30     Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

31     And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matt27

37     And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38     Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39     And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

40     and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41     Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,

42     “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.

43     He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “

44     Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Matt27

This was still Friday. Have you seen any good in all this yet? Wait for it.

 

We have seen:

1.     the unbelievable betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples,

2.     the trumped-up charges and accusations,

3.     the sham and shameful trial like a criminal

4.     His rejection and the triumph of the mob who preferred a criminal in the place of Jesus,

5.     the injustice meted out by the high priest, even though He was innocent

6.     the barbaric scourging,

7.      the mocking; the crown of thorns even by criminals being crucified with Him,

8.     shameless casting of lots for his garment

9.     apart from beating Him mercilessly beyond recognition, we saw how He was forced to carry His despite the excruciating trauma He was going through. Many times along the way toGolgotha, He crashed under the weight of the cross until they drafted a man to help carry the cross.

10. the driving of the nails into His hands and feet and suspending Him between heaven and earth with the sign ‘All Hail King of the Jews.’

11. piercing of his side, when water and blood flowed

12. His disciples forsook Him and fled

13. One of the disciples He had trusted most-Peter- denied Him not just once or twice but three times.

14. He died eventually.

In this catalogue of woes where is the good?

What a day it was!

What is good about Good Friday?

 

Now let’s see the goodness in good Friday:

Thank God for Good Friday!

Jesus, facing the ominous darkness that would descend on Him soon as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, came to a cross road where He was tempted to backtrack, bypass the cross (the bitter cup)- the reason why He was born but He resolved: ‘Not my will but your will be done.’

 

If He had backed out, we would have remained in our sin. Salvation plan would have been aborted.

 

Thank God for Good Friday!

 

On that day when the hordes of hell came to arrest Him Remember when Peter tried to defend Him in bravado and cut off the ears of one of the soldiers, Jesus rebuked Peter and rose above the occasion and healed that man. That was a lesson to us all that we can rise over evil with good, regardless of what we face.

Jesus handled His trial with dignity as an example for us to follow when we are tried or falsely accused. There were moments when He was simply silent before his accusers in fulfilment of prophecy.  We too must learn to leave our case with God when we are falsely accused and mocked as we face the Race of Grace and pursue of destiny.  There is a price to pay in the pursuance of purpose. Jesus paid His and we must be ready to pay our as His disciples.

Jesus died for those He created, those who rejected Him. And that include you and I. He died for our sins He was our perfect Lamb slain to take away our sin. ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.’

 

 

Before Jesus died, He taught some powerful enduring lessons in His seven immortal statements, even as He hung on that cross.

 

1. Mother, behold your son….’ He was still thinking of taking care of His mother even whilst on the cross and suffering such agony.

26     When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”

27     Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

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2. I thirst

3. Father, forgive them, For they know not what they do.

He was still praying for those who were crucifying Him- including you and I.  It was our sins that took Him to the cross.

 

28     After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John19:28

 

 

 

4. Today, you will be with me in paradise.

This shows us the mercy of God to the genuinely penitent, even on their deathbed.

The thief who asked for forgiveness and acknowledged his sinfulness received pardon and assurance of salvation.

41     And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

42     Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43     And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me inParadise.”Luke23

 

 

5. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps22

Jesus Dies on the Cross

45     Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”Matt27:45-46

 

Echoing the prophetic psalmist, this statement shows us the enormity of sin- separation from God. Yes even the son of God was separated from the father for a moment, because of His sin, but because your sin and my sin. He was sinless. He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ.

2Cor5:21

6. It Is Finished

 

‘It is finished!’ He finished that the Father gave Him to do- saving us from our sins.

Henceforth, anyone who confessed their sins and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will be saved and have a home in heaven assured of eternal life.

30     So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30

You and I can also finish the work the ?father has for us to do. Paul finished and was able to say I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith… 2Tim4:7-8

7. ‘Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’

Jesus Dies on the Cross

44     Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45     Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

46     And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

God is the ultimate keeper of your soul and my soul. And what is committed into His hands, He is able to keep against that day .He is able to keep us faultless and present us before the presence of His glory with exceeding great Joy. Satan shall not triumph over us. Evil will not prevail. When we go through our good Fridays, we will be reminded that all things work together for our good because we love Gods and are called according to His purpose. Sunday, Resurrection day is coming!

 

The devil and his cohorts played into God’s hands when they crucified the Lord of Glory. Through it God’s redemption plan was fulfilled.

And so on the third day, just as Jesus predicted before He died, it happened, as He was raised from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him. He rose up triumphant, truly the King of Glory.

The angel told Mary: ‘Look not for the living among the dead. He has risen, just like He said.’ The Resurrection and the Life is Alive.

Thank God for Good Friday. It was grim, grotesque, gruesome, traumatic, dark and dastardly but it paved the way for Easter. Yes, on Easter Sunday, the stone was rolled away, the Sun and the Son- the Sweet Rose of Sharon rose again from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory! Hallelujah!

 

Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements ( by Fenny West)

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Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements of Jesus On the Cross

  1. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise.

  2. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.

  4. John 19:28: I thirst.

  5. John 19:29-30: It is finished.

  6. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Looking at the seven poignant revelatory statements of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, we can attest that the words that He spoke were Spirit and life. Let us now ponder on and feast on the immortal words that tumbled out of the mouth of our Saviour, Who though very God, was also very man. His words are as comforting and inspirational as ever even after over 2000 years since they were first uttered.
We have the Holy Spirit, Who is here, to breathe new life into those words. 

Jesus himself said, ‘The Words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.’
Come with me as we partake of fresh Bread from Heaven. John6:63 KJV

39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

As we all know, two thieves were crucified with Jesus, one on either side. One of them joined with other who said, ‘he delivered others he could not deliver himself,…’ ’ if you are the Son of delivered yourself and us. If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. . He cast aspersions and disrespected the Saviour. The other man was more sensible. He knew Jesus was innocent and that they deserved their punishment. He rebuked his fellow criminal ‘Don’t you fear God?’ This man is innocent .He went on to ask Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom. And Jesus said:

1.“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 
Luke 23:42-44

What is our lesson from Jesus’ statement?
God is merciful, and no matter how far gone we may think we are, all we need to do is to be humble and penitent. One of the criminals realised he was a sinner and asked the Lord to remember him and that was enough to save him. The truth remains, that when we are full of our own ways it becomes a stumbling block to reconciliation with God. Furthermore, reconciliation with God is often made complex but it is as simple as saying, ‘Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Accept me as one of your own. Forgive me.’ And that will mark a New Beginning, a fresh start on a glorious New and Living Way.

He said in His word, ‘Come as you are’ ‘ Come all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. ..Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ‘ ‘ The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ‘ ‘ As many as received Him, He gave the power to become children of God.’ ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old has gone and the new has come.’

If you do not know Him as Lord and Saviour, this is a good time to commit your life to Him and let Him come into your heart to take His rightful seat.

9     that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10   For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom10:9-10

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2.“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” Luke 23:33-35 NKJV

Jesus was agonising on the cross with excruciating pain arising from the scourging. He had been beaten, tortured, battered, broken, abused, yet he had the time, patience and compassion to pray for those who crucified Him. He knew they were blind and acted in ignorance. He knew they were fulfilling the scriptures. He knew it was the only way He could redeem you and I and so He prayed for them. ‘Father, forgive them..’

Often we look at those who crucified Him and wonder, ‘How could they do such, cruel, barbaric deed?’ but we fail to realise that it was our sins also that necessitated his hanging on the cross. In other words, we are also guilty and it was the love of God that caused Jesus to come and die for each one of us. ‘It pleased the Father to bruise Him.’

10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. KJVIsa53:10

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, 
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.Isa53:10NIV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:20
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all Isa53:6
Even right now, Jesus is still praying for us at the Father’s right hand as our Advocate, Attorney and Intercessor. He always lives to make intercession for the saints. That gives you and I hope doesn’t it?

Today, we can see in various parts of the world, as it had been in times past, persecution of Christians. Many are in jail because of their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should be praying the same, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ We should be praying that that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, just like Saul of Tarsus was converted to Paul the Apostle.

Secondly, when we are persecuted we should not take it personal if we are to continue the Race of Grace with confidence, courage and determination without falling by the wayside. When Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the early believers and was arrested, Jesus asked Him: Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

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3.‘Behold your mother!’ 

26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home John19:26-27

Knowing that he would be gone soon, Jesus committed his mother into the hands of one of his disciples, John, the beloved. He understood the pain that his mother was going through and had to make provision for her even on the cross. It shows us how caring and compassionate He was not just for spiritual things, but for our emotional and material well-being.

He remains the same, compassionate, faithful, true, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, good and upright, without injustice. He the Rock of Ages cleft for you and me.
He is the God who supplies all our needs according to His glorious riches through Christ Jesus, Jehovah Jireh.

4.‘I Thirst!’

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28
Here we see His humanity evident. He thirsts as we thirst. In Hebrews we are told that:

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb.4:15

Here we see the humanity of Jesus married to His divinity, and this qualified Him to be our Saviour. He knows where and how we hurt and how we are tempted. He and He alone is able to bring succour and relief to us. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Him.

5.“It is finished!”

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30
Casting our minds back at the onset of his ministry, he said ’Don’t you know that I about My Father’s business and to finish it?’ he all also said , ‘ My food is to do the Father’s business and to finish it. This was why when it was time for him to go to the cross He set his face like a flint, undeterred. He would not let even one of His closest friends, Peter, to dissuade Him from His mission. Remember how He rebuked him sternly: ‘Get thee behind me satan…’

What is our lesson?
You and I have a mission, an assignment individually and corporately. We need to identify it and identify with it and pursue it until we finish it like Jesus did. We need to be focused in spite of the distractions that come our way. We too must be single minded and realise that often the enemy will use those closest to us to distract us from or purpose in life. We must be sensitive and stand our ground until we finish our calling.

6.“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matt 27:45-46

At this point our sins were heaped on Him, and just as sin separates, he was separated from His Father for a while. Like a scapegoat He bore our sins and carried our sorrows, bruised for iniquities, visited with the punishment that bought and brought us peace with God. We can also see the enormity, gravity, and sordid weight, wedge and barrier and alienation occasioned by sin. Again we can see the purity, righteousness and holiness of God.

7.“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”

46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last 
Luke 23:46

Jesus commits his spirit into the hands of His Father. He surrenders all to Him who is faithful and able to keep against that day that committed into His hands. He had laid down His life for His sheep. He knew he would be back in business after His resurrection. He knew he would multiply Himself after his resurrection. He knew that
‘…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

And so He was confident to commit His Spirit into the Hands of the Righteous Judge, the Judge of the whole earth.

We too can confidently commit our spirits into God’s mighty, powerful, faithful, capable hands now and when we are called home to be with Him. Our Father owns the land on both sides of the river. We can go with peace, assurance, confidence, that absent in the Body is presence with the Lord.

8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2Cor. 5:8

The words of Jesus are always spirit and life. His words are dynamic, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. They are a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. We can feed our souls on them and be satisfied. Little wonder Mary pondered on them whilst Martha was distracted. Even on the cross He continues to teach, preach, forgive, love, pray, demonstrate faith.

May you and I catch the fire in His bones even today, Amen.

What is Good about Good Friday? (2) ( by Fenny West)

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What is Good about Good Friday? (2)

Without the Friday there will be no Easter Sunday

We will still be lost in our sin

Redemption price would have yet to be paid

It was God making the First move towards man.

It was God’s word in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 being fulfilled.

The righteous demands of a just God were satisfied.

3     He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4     Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5     But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

6     All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

7     He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

8     He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

9     And they made His grave with the wicked — But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10   Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

11   He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

12   Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.Isa53:

11   Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help.

12   Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.

13   They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.

14   I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.

15   My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.

16   For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;

17   I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.

18   They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

19   But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

20   Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.

21   Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.

Ps22

 

What is Good About Good Friday?

Have you ever imagined what is good about Good Friday– the day of the crucifixion of Jesus?

Let’s examine events leading to this day and what eventually happened on that fateful day.

Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, had connived with others and betrayed Jesus, selling Him for 30pieces of silver. Jesus had been treated like a chattel, to be exchanged for money. Love of money was working, big time. The entire lessons Jesus taught had gone into one ear and out the other. Judas, who was the treasurer and accountant, was not content with helping himself from the treasury, he wanted more and Jesus was his ultimate scalp, spoil, loot, prize- His Master.

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Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus:

14     Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15     and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

16            So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him Matt26:14-16

And so after the money had changed hands, the hordes of hell, in the form of Roman soldiers were unleashed, with Judas at the helm of the pack, on their way to look for Jesus on concocted charges. Jesus had just finished praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and came swooping like hawks on their prey. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to identify the ‘prize’ or target. Could you believe it?

“Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely. Mark14:44

Matthew 26

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”

 

49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

 

 

As they tried to arrest Jesus, Peter became bold and brash and unsheathes his dagger to defend Jesus, cutting off the ears of one of the soldiers.

48     But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49     When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

50     And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51     But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

52     Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

53     When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”Luke22:

 

 Peter, instead of getting a commendation, got a rebuke from Jesus. ‘, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

John18:11

Jesus then proceeded to heal the man whose ear was dangling in the floor, while he reeled in anguish. What goodness! How exemplary! Would you have done that if you were in the shoes of Jesus? What a lesson to us on Good Friday!

Jesus wanted the disciples not to be in harms way even in that dark hour.

8       Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 

The miracle that Jesus did never softened the hearts of the soldiers. He was still maltreated and dragged away to be interrogated.

Next we see Jesus on trial, accused of heresy. The people clamoured, even bayed for his blood like hounds on their prey: Crucify Him! Crucify Him!, they shouted. Pilate did not see any fault in Him, yet he was obliged to release someone on that occasion. The people wanted a criminal- Barabbas released instead of Jesus.

 

18     And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” —

19     who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20     Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

21     But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

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6              Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. John19:16

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63     Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

64     And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”

65            And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.Luke22:63-65

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest

19     The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.

20     Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

21     Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”

22     And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”

John18:19-22

 

Eventually, Jesus was condemned to die an ignominious death on the cross. He was scourged- beaten with rods and ropes that had spikes on them such that the spikes lodged themselves into his skin as they flogged Him. And as they pulled the ropes, flesh and blood was ripped out.

 

Matthew 27

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

 

Mark 15

15 So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

 

John 19

1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

25     And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Luke23

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What is good about this?

Jesus was beaten, battered and broken, under the most excruciating pain imaginable. He had envisaged this barbarism as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He cried, 42    saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’Luke22

 

After the thorough scourging that marred and disfigured Him so badly

 

(There is no beauty that we should desire Him) Isa53:2 , He was given a cross to carry to Golgotha. As He carried the cross, it weighed Him down and He fell under its weight several times as drops of sweat and blood dripped down His body.

Eventually they reached the scene of the crucifixion where they put the nails to His hands and feet and mocked Him: Hail, king of the Jews.’ Others said ,’He saved others but He cannot save himself.’ If You are the Son of God, come down from that cross.’

Others were interested in His seamless gown and cast lots to see who will win.

 

5   Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”Matt27

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27     Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.

28     And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.

29     When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30     Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

31     And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matt27

37     And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38     Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39     And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

40     and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41     Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,

42     “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.

43     He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “

44     Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Matt27

This was still Friday. Have you seen any good in all this yet? Wait for it.

 

We have seen:

  1. the unbelievable betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples,

  2. the trumped-up charges and accusations,

  3. the sham and shameful trial like a criminal

  4. His rejection and the triumph of the mob who preferred a criminal in the place of Jesus,

  5. the injustice meted out by the high priest, even though He was innocent

  6. the barbaric scourging,

  7.  the mocking; the crown of thorns even by criminals being crucified with Him,

  8. shameless casting of lots for his garment

  9. apart from beating Him mercilessly beyond recognition, we saw how He was forced to carry His cross despite the excruciating trauma He was going through. Many times along the way to Golgotha, He crashed under the weight of the cross until they drafted a man to help carry the cross.

10. the driving of the nails into His hands and feet and suspending Him between heaven and earth with the sign ‘All Hail King of the Jews.’

11. piercing of his side, when water and blood flowed

12. His disciples forsook Him and fled

13. One of the disciples He had trusted most-Peter- denied Him not just once or twice but three times.

14. He died eventually.

In this catalogue of woes where is the good?

What a day it was!

What is good about Good Friday?

 easter 3 cross

Now let’s see the goodness in good Friday:

 

Thank God for Good Friday!

 

Jesus, facing the ominous darkness that would descend on Him soon, as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, came to a cross road where He was tempted to backtrack, bypass the cross (the bitter cup)- the reason why He was born but He resolved: ‘Not my will but your will be done.’

 

If He had backed out, we would have remained in our sin. Salvation plan would have been aborted.

 

Thank God for Good Friday!

 

On that day when the hordes of hell came to arrest Him remember when Peter tried to defend Him in bravado and cut off the ears of one of the soldiers, Jesus rebuked Peter and rose above the occasion and healed that man. That was a lesson to us all that we can rise over evil with good, regardless of what we face.

 

Jesus handled His trial with dignity as an example for us to follow when we are tried or falsely accused. There were moments when He was simply silent before his accusers in fulfilment of prophecy.  We too must learn to leave our case with God when we are falsely accused and mocked as we face the Race of Grace and pursue of destiny.  There is a price to pay in the pursuance of purpose. Jesus paid His and we must be ready to pay ours as His disciples.

 

Jesus died for those He created, those who rejected Him. And that include you and I. He died for our sins He was our perfect Lamb slain to take away our sin. ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.’

 

 

Before Jesus died, He taught some powerful enduring lessons in His seven immortal statements, even as He hung on that cross.

 

1. Mother, behold your son….’ He was still thinking of taking care of His mother even whilst on the cross and suffering such agony.

26     When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”

27     Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

John19

2. I thirst

3. Father, forgive them, For they know not what they do.

He was still praying for those who were crucifying Him- including you and I.  It was our sins that took Him to the cross.

 

28     After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John19:28

 

 

 

4. Today, you will be with me in paradise.

This shows us the mercy of God to the genuinely penitent, even on their deathbed.

The thief who asked for forgiveness and acknowledged his sinfulness received pardon and assurance of salvation.

41     And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

42     Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43     And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”Luke23

 

 

5. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps22

Jesus Dies on the Cross

45     Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”Matt27:45-46

 

Echoing the prophetic psalmist, this statement shows us the enormity of sin- separation from God. Yes even the son of God was separated from the Father for a moment,not because of His sin, but because your sin and my sin. He was sinless. He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ.

2Cor5:21

6. It Is Finished

 

‘It is finished! He finished that the Father gave Him to do- saving us from our sins.

Henceforth, anyone who confessed their sins and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will be saved and have a home in heaven assured of eternal life.

 

30     So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30

You and I can also finish the work the ?father has for us to do. Paul finished and was able to say I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith… 2Tim4:7-8

7. ‘Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’

Jesus Dies on the Cross

44     Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45     Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

46     And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

 

 

God is the ultimate keeper of your soul and my soul. And what is committed into His hands, He is able to keep against that day .He is able to keep us faultless and present us before the presence of His glory with exceeding great Joy. Satan shall not triumph over us. Evil will not prevail. When we go through our good Fridays, we will be reminded that all things work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Sunday, Resurrection day is coming!

 

The devil and his cohorts played into God’s hands when they crucified the Lord of Glory. Through it God’s redemption plan was fulfilled.

And so on the third day, just as Jesus predicted before He died, it happened, as He was raised from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him. He rose up triumphant, truly the King of Glory.

The angel told Mary: ‘Look not for the living among the dead. He has risen, just like He said.’
The Resurrection and the Life is Alive.

Thank God for Good Friday.

It was grim, grotesque, gruesome, traumatic, dark and dastardly but it paved the way for Easter. Yes, on Easter Sunday, the stone was rolled away, the Sun and the Son- the Sweet Rose of Sharon rose again from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory! Hallelujah!

 

 

Thank God for Good Friday!

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What is good about Good Friday?

Have you ever imagined what is good about Good Friday– the day of the crucifixion of Jesus?

Let’s examine events leading to this day and what eventually happened on that fateful day.

Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, had connived with others and betrayed Jesus, selling Him fro 30pieces of silver. Jesus had been treated like a chattel, to be exchanged for money. Love of money was working, big time. The entire lessons Jesus taught had gone into one ear and out the other. Judas, who was the treasurer and accountant, was not content with helping himself from the treasury, he wanted more and Jesus was his ultimate scalp, spoil, loot, prize- His Master.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14     Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15     and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

16            So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him Matt26:14-16

And so after the money had changed hands, the hordes of hell, in the form of Roman soldiers were unleashed, with Judas at the helm of the pack, on their way to look for Jesus on concocted charges. Jesus had just finished praying in theGardenofGethsemaneand came swooping like hawks on their prey. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to identify the ‘prize’ or target. Could you believe it?

“Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely. Mark14:44

Matthew 26

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”

 

49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

 

 

As they tried to arrest Jesus, Peter became bold and brash and unsheathes his dagger to defend Jesus, cutting off the ears of one of the soldiers.

48     But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49     When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

50     And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51     But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

52     Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

53     When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”Luke22:

 

 Peter, instead of getting a commendation, got a rebuke from Jesus. ‘, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

John18:11

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Jesus then proceeded to heal the man whose ear was dangling in the floor, while he reeled in anguish. What goodness! How exemplary! Would you have done that if you were in the shoes of Jesus? What a lesson to us on Good Friday!

Jesus wanted the disciples not to be in harms way even in that dark hour.

8       Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 

The miracle that Jesus did never softened the hearts of the soldiers. He was still maltreated and dragged away to be interrogated.

Next we see Jesus on trial, accused of heresy. The people clamoured, even bayed for his blood like hounds on their prey: Crucify Him! Crucify Him!, they shouted. Pilate did not see any fault in Him, yet he was obliged to release someone on that occasion. The people wanted a criminal- Barabbas released instead of Jesus.

18     And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” —

19     who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20     Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

21     But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Luke23

6              Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. John19:16

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63     Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

64     And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”

65            And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.Luke22:63-65

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest

19     The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.

20     Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

21     Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”

22     And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”

John18:19-22

Eventually, Jesus was condemned to die an ignominious death on the cross. He was scourged- beaten with rods and ropes that had spikes on them such that the spikes lodged themselves into his skin as they flogged Him. And as they pulled the ropes, flesh and blood was ripped out.

Matthew 27

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

 

Mark 15

15 So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

 

John 19

1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

25     And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Luke23

 

What is good about this?

Jesus was beaten, battered and broken, under the most excruciating pain imaginable. He had envisaged this barbarism as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He cried, ‘42              saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’Luke22

 

After the thorough scourging that marred and disfigured Him so badly (There is no beauty that we should desire Him) Isa53:2 , He was given a cross to carry toGolgotha. As He carried the cross, it weighed Him down and He fell under its weight several times as drops of sweat and blood dripped down His body.

Eventually they reached the scene of the crucifixion where they put the nails to His hands and feet and mocked Him: Hail, king of the Jews.’ Others said ,’He saved others but He cannot save himself.’ If You are the Son of God, come down from that cross.’

Others were interested in His seamless gown and cast lots to see who will win.

5    Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”Matt27

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27     Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.

28     And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.

29     When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30     Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

31     And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matt27

37     And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38     Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39     And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

40     and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41     Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,

42     “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.

43     He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “

44     Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Matt27

This was still Friday. Have you seen any good in all this yet? Wait for it.

 

We have seen:

  1. the unbelievable betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples,

  2. the trumped-up charges and accusations,

  3. the sham and shameful trial like a criminal

  4. His rejection and the triumph of the mob who preferred a criminal in the place of Jesus,

  5. the injustice meted out by the high priest, even though He was innocent

  6. the barbaric scourging,

  7.  the mocking; the crown of thorns even by criminals being crucified with Him,

  8. shameless casting of lots for his garment

  9. apart from beating Him mercilessly beyond recognition, we saw how He was forced to carry His despite the excruciating trauma He was going through. Many times along the way toGolgotha, He crashed under the weight of the cross until they drafted a man to help carry the cross.

10. the driving of the nails into His hands and feet and suspending Him between heaven and earth with the sign ‘All Hail King of the Jews.’

11. piercing of his side, when water and blood flowed

12. His disciples forsook Him and fled

13. One of the disciples He had trusted most-Peter- denied Him not just once or twice but three times.

14. He died eventually.

In this catalogue of woes where is the good?

What a day it was!

What is good about Good Friday?

 

Now let’s see the goodness in good Friday:

Thank God for Good Friday!

Jesus, facing the ominous darkness that would descend on Him soon as He prayed in thegardenofGethsemane, came to a cross road where He was tempted to backtrack, bypass the cross (the bitter cup)- the reason why He was born but He resolved: ‘Not my will but your will be done.’

 

If He had backed out, we would have remained in our sin. Salvation plan would have been aborted.

 

Thank God for Good Friday!

 

On that day when the hordes of hell came to arrest Him Remember when Peter tried to defend Him in bravado and cut off the ears of one of the soldiers, Jesus rebuked Peter and rose above the occasion and healed that man. That was a lesson to us all that we can rise over evil with good, regardless of what we face.

Jesus handled His trial with dignity as an example for us to follow when we are tried or falsely accused. There were moments when He was simply silent before his accusers in fulfilment of prophecy.  We too must learn to leave our case with God when we are falsely accused and mocked as we face the Race of Grace and pursue of destiny.  There is a price to pay in the pursuance of purpose. Jesus paid His and we must be ready to pay our as His disciples.

Jesus died for those He created, those who rejected Him. And that include you and I. He died for our sins He was our perfect Lamb slain to take away our sin. ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.’

 

 

Before Jesus died, He taught some powerful enduring lessons in His seven immortal statements, even as He hung on that cross.

 

1. Mother, behold your son….’ He was still thinking of taking care of His mother even whilst on the cross and suffering such agony.

26     When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”

27     Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

John19

2. I thirst

3. Father, forgive them, For they know not what they do.

He was still praying for those who were crucifying Him- including you and I.  It was our sins that took Him to the cross.

 

28     After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John19:28

 

 

 

4. Today, you will be with me in paradise.

This shows us the mercy of God to the genuinely penitent, even on their deathbed.

The thief who asked for forgiveness and acknowledged his sinfulness received pardon and assurance of salvation.

41     And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

42     Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43     And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me inParadise.”Luke23

 

 

5. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps22

Jesus Dies on the Cross

45     Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”Matt27:45-46

 

Echoing the prophetic psalmist, this statement shows us the enormity of sin- separation from God. Yes even the son of god was separated from the father for a moment, because of His sin, but because your sin and my sin. He was sinless. He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ.

2Cor5:21

6. It Is Finished

 

‘It is finished! He finished that the Father gave Him to do- saving us from our sins.

Henceforth, anyone who confessed their sins and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will be saved and have a home in heaven assured of eternal life.

30     So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30

You and I can also finish the work the ?father has for us to do. Paul finished and was able to say I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith… 2Tim4:7-8

7. ‘Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’

Jesus Dies on the Cross

44     Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45     Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

46     And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

God is the ultimate keeper of your soul and my soul. And what is committed into His hands, He is able to keep against that day .He is able to keep us faultless and present us before the presence of His glory with exceeding great Joy. Satan shall not triumph over us. Evil will not prevail. When we go through our good Fridays, we will be reminded that all things work together for our good because we love gods and are called according to His purpose. Sunday, Resurrection day is coming!

 

The devil and his cohorts played into God’s hands when they crucified the Lord of Glory. Through it God’s redemption plan was fulfilled.

And so on the third day, just as Jesus predicted before He died, it happened, as He was raised from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him. He rose up triumphant, truly the King of Glory.

The angel told Mary: ‘Look not for the living among the dead. He has risen, just like He said.’
The Resurrection and the Life is Alive.

Thank God for Good Friday. It was grim, grotesque, gruesome, traumatic, dark and dastardly but it paved the way for Easter. Yes, on Easter Sunday, the stone was rolled away, the Sun and the Son- the Sweet Rose of Sharon rose again from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory! Hallelujah!