It was the day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross. It was the day the Lord Jesus went through terrible agony, being scourged and mocked and humiliated as He hung on the Cross. It was the day He cried, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matt 27.46. It was the day that He died. It was the day when God the Father forsook His Son and turned His face away from Him.
Do you know who Jesus is? He is the Son of God. He is God Who came in the flesh and died for our sins on the Cross of Calvary. Can you imagine God humbling Himself to the point of death, to die that terrible death on the Cross?
The Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty demanded by the justice of God for our sins. He died in our place, He died for our sins (1 Cor 15.3), He bore our sins in His body on the Cross (1 Pet 2.24), He became the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2.2), and thereby He obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb 9.12).
Our Lord Jesus did not remain in the grave after His death, but He rose again on the third day (Easter Sunday) (1 Cor 15.4). The Bible says, He was delivered up for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Rom 4.25.
We are born sinners. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Rom 3.23. “The wages of sin is death,” Rom 6.23. “The soul that sins shall die,” Ezekiel 18.4. As sinners by birth, by word, by deed and by choice, we are all destined to suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire because of our sins.
God is a holy God, and He can never tolerate sin. His eyes are too pure to look upon evil (Hab 1.13). Being a just and holy God, God must punish sin. At the same time, being a loving and gracious God, He did not want mankind to perish in their sins. So what did God do? He Himself took the punishment for our sins. The Lord Jesus Christ (who is the Son of God) came into this world to die for our sins. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5.8. He bore the punishment for our sins. He satisfied the demands of eternal justice by shedding His precious blood on the Cross. He cancelled out the debt of sin in our lives, and He did that for everyone who was born into this world.
That is why, when He was on the Cross, He cried out, “It is finished!” (John 19.30) The word in Greek translated as “It is finished” also means “Paid in full”. Our Lord not only paid the penalty for the sin of the whole world, but He rose again the third day and today He sits on the throne of God as our great Saviour and Lord, who alone is worthy to be worshipped because of His amazing grace and mercy and love towards us, seen in the Finished Work of His Cross.
God is love (1 John 4:8-10). As our loving Creator He gave us life and brought us into this world. But because of sin, we have been cut off from God. We have been separated from Him. Being separated from God, we are ‘dead in trespasses and sins’. Eph 2.1. God did not want us to perish in our sins, to be eternally separated from Him. He found a way to bring us back to Him. That way is the way of the Cross. Through the shedding of the precious incorruptible blood of the Lord Jesus, we have been brought back to God, we have been reconciled with Him, we have been redeemed and given eternal life. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Eph 1.7. The Lord Jesus, being our loving Redeemer, did this entirely by His grace, Eph 2.5.
We call this day Good Friday, because on Good Friday our Lord Jesus Christ through His sacrifice on the Cross, obtained redemption for us from sin, Satan and death. We have obtained eternal redemption through the blood shed on Calvary’s cross. The blood of bulls and goats or birds does not save us; rather, such sacrifices only remind us of our sins. But the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from every sin, 1 John 1.7.
How do we obtain this eternal redemption, this precious gift of salvation? By FAITH! “We have been saved by grace through faith; it is the gift of God” Eph 2.8. All you have to do is to look to Jesus, believe that He is the Son of God who came into this world and died for your sins on the Cross of Calvary, and that through the shedding of His precious Blood He paid the penalty for every sin of yours. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His sacrifice for your sins, then you too will enjoy God’s great salvation. The blood of Jesus shed on the Cross will be sprinkled on your heart and you will immediately be saved. Your burden of sin will be rolled away. Your conscience will be purged. You will have peace with God. And you will be set free. You will enjoy life, liberty and love, entirely by God’s mercy and grace.
Will you not, on this Good Friday, remember our loving and gracious God who gave Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins on the Cross of Calvary? Will you come to Him by faith and say, “Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for my sins on the Cross. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and worthy of death. But in Your infinite mercy and grace You have provided a way for me to be saved and given eternal life. I believe that You are my Saviour and my God. Cleanse me and wash me in Your precious Blood. Make me a true child of God. Grant me the joy of Your salvation. I ask this in Your mighty and precious name. Amen.”
May God in His infinite mercy open the eyes of your heart and grant you the gift of salvation, so that you too may become a child of God and enjoy all His divine blessings. May the Lord Jesus Christ become your personal Saviour and Lord.