April 19, 2019

21 Days with Jesus: Day 19 – Good Friday

“It is finished!” John 19:30a (NLT)

We call it Good Friday.  But, for Jesus in His suffering and death, it would be a very bad day.  It was unimaginably horrific!  Just three years before Jesus said,

“For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.”  John 6:38 (NIV2011)  

Now, from the cross, He declares,

“It is finished!”  John 19:30 (NLT) 

John records three of the last seven sayings of Jesus from the cross. Only Christ could have the concern of others on His mind and in His heart during such agony. We see both His humanity on display and His Deity as the Son of God took our place and paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. His death completed the righteous demand of the law.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23 (KJV) 

Because He died in our place, we can be reconciled with God.  The phrase “It is finished” is one word in the language of the New Testament.  It can be translated as “paid in full”.  Jesus came to complete the work of redemption and to buy mankind back from slavery to sin and death.  He paid the full penalty for our sins and gave Himself as a ransom for all!  With His death, the complex sacrificial system of the Old Covenant would end.  In John 1:29, John the Baptist called Jesus, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” 

Hallelujah, to the Lamb!  That’s why we call it Good Friday!  His very bad day translates into a very good day for you and me!  Because He suffered and died, we can be forgiven!  We are reconciled to God, through His death, and saved by His resurrection life!  Now we can freely approach a holy God and find mercy instead of judgment!  Because He finished the work of redemption on the cross, we can be declared “righteous” – right with God!  We escape the penalty we deserve because of our sin when we accept His death on our behalf and trust Him as our Savior from sin!  Oh, what a Savior! 

Read John 19 thoughtfully and with a grateful heart for all that Jesus did for you and me!  Then, join us for worship and communion on this Good Friday at a Woodlands Church campus near you.  For service times and locations, please visit our website.