It is Finished: Why Today is a Good Friday
Today is Good Friday. It is the day we remember the horrific crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a day we remember his scourging of the whip. It is a day we remember the mocking roars of the crowd. It is the day we remember hands and feet nailed to a cross. It is a day we remember the most tragic day in history. For it is the day that humanity killed God. It is the day the humanity killed its own savior.
You might be thinking, how is it possible to call this day good Friday? How could an unjust execution of an innocent man be called a good day? The answer to that question reveals the mystery of God’s will from before the foundation of the earths. God, as he often does, takes the worst situations and uses them for His glory. It is God who takes the greatest evil, the brutal crucifixion of Jesus, and brings the greatest good. For we know from the Scriptures that Jesus’ death was for you and for me. The sinless Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. At the cross, Jesus took on the sin you’ve committed and paid the price in your place.
Jesus didn’t deserve to die on that cross. You did. I did. But it was by God’s great and incredible mercy that he sent His own son into the world to absorb the wrath that you deserved. That is what makes this Friday so good. That on the cross when Jesus cried, “It is finished!”, he spoke the truth. That because of the death of Christ our sin has been paid for. We no longer have to experience the fires of hell because Jesus saves us. Your debt to God has been paid.
For those of us who have faith in Jesus as our Lord and our Savior, we have experienced the forgiveness of sins. If you have yet to taste the grace extended to you in Jesus, what are you waiting for? Fall on your face in desperation because of your treasonous sin. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Live the rest of your life for His sake and for His glory!
Why would you wait to taste of this grace? Don’t get lost in distraction. Trust Jesus today. For it is by his death we are saved.
Today, as we remember the death of our Savior and Lord. May we be reminded of our desperate state in our sinfulness, and may we remember the extravagant love God has for us. May we fall in profound humility and be overflowed with a sweet worship. For as Jesus said, “It is finished”.