“Good” Friday

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That first night after Jesus died and was buried in a tomb was not a “good Friday” for the disciples— or so they thought.

Locked away in solitude, surely each of them numbly pondered the events leading to their master’s gruesome death.   No doubt– Judas was hated by them all for his betrayal — he was dead by then too– hanged by his own doing. Jesus had said “one at the table will betray me” (Matthew 26:21). Jesus knew!

Surely, each of them grieved over their own actions in His time of need.  When He was arrested they all hid themselves away except for Peter who followed at a distance.  Jesus had said “you will all fall away on account of me”. (Matthew 26:31). Jesus knew!

Peter, no doubt, especially grieved remembering his denial of Jesus in the courtyard of the high priest —surely he could still hear the rooster crowing in his mind after he cursed the one he had once called “the Christ, Son of the living God” (Matthew 26:69-75).  Jesus had told Peter that he would deny him three times before the rooster crowed (Matthew 26:34). Again, Jesus knew!  

What a terrible “Friday” that was – or so the disciples thought.

On that one awful day, Jesus was arrested, beaten, tried in an illegal court, lashed at a whipping post, mocked with a crown of thorns and forced to carry his cross through the city and up to a hill called Golgotha before a hateful crowd. There his hands and feet were nailed to that cross and he was crucified between two thieves and then he died.  Surely all of his disciples remembered that Jesus told them that he would go to Jerusalem, suffer many things at the hands of the Elders, Chief Priests and Scribes and be killed. (Matthew 16:21).  Jesus knew all of this and yet he still came to that place. 

Only the disciple John, with Jesus’ mother and three other women, could recall the last words of Jesus before he died: “It is finished”, he said– and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit on that great and terrible day… (Matthew 19:25, 30).

And the sky grew dark and the earth shook as the soldiers proclaimed in great fear: “Surely this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). 

Then a soldier pierced his side and they took him down from the cross and buried him in a rich man’s garden tomb. (John 19:34, 41)  Just as the prophet Isaiah had foetold it 700 years earlier. (Isaiah 53:9)

On that great and terrible Friday did any of those regretful disciples recall that Jesus had said that He would rise again on the third day (Matthew 16:21)?  Did any of those grief filled disciples recall the words of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 53 of their Torah?  Did they recall the prophecy in verse 11 that read:  “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities”.

They did not recall that, but Jesus did!

Jesus knew that this terrible day for Him would be a Good Friday for any– ever after — who call upon His name for forgivness of their sin. This terrible Friday was necessary to redeem repentant men and women from all their sin and failures by a God that never fails.For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. For those first disciples and for you and I.

He offered up his body and blood as the atoning sacrifice for our sin—once and for all (Romans 6:10). No power in Hell can stand against what He has done for those who trust in Him for deliverance and salvation.  The body of Christ given for you…  The blood of Christ shed for you…  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. I Corinthians 11:26


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