11 Good Friday Thoughts

I have more than 11, but these sum them up:goodfridaycrossredfabric

(1) In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve experienced separation from God due to sin, and on the cross of Golgotha, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, experiences separation from His Father due to being our sin-bearer.

(2) Read 1 Peter 2:21-25 (and Matthew 27)

(3) Jesus experienced separation from God and the full weight of God’s wrath for sin for you, so you wouldn’t have to (Rom. 8:35-39).

(4) There is no condemnation for those who repent and put their faith in Jesus (Rom. 8:1). Why? Because Jesus bore all the condemnation owed to sin on the cross.

(5) Suspended between heaven and earth on a Roman cross, Jesus cries out, “It is finished” (tetelestai – Jn. 19:30). The high cost of the redemption of the souls of men and women is stamped, “Paid In Full” thanks to Jesus’ shed blood.

(6) The cross is where God’s mercy and God’s wrath meet.

(7) On the cross where Jesus hung and died, a glorious exchange occurred. He took your sin as his own, so by faith in Him, you have his righteousness as if it were your own.

(8) Do you wonder, “could God love such a broken sinner like me? I’ve done a lot of ‘bad’ stuff. Could God forgive and accept me?” Answer: Look to the cross of Jesus Christ. See how he suffered the worst form of capital punishment in human history. You are so lost in sin that someone had to die for you, and so loved that he willingly did it.

(9) Romans 5:8 – “God proved his love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

(10) Though the crucifixion of the only innocent Person to live is the worst sin in human history, we can call this Friday “Good Friday” because God gave us life and reconciliation with Him through the death of Jesus.

(11) The story doesn’t end with a bloodied and bruised Messiah hanging dead on a cross. Stay tuned. There’s more to come…

 

 

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