• By Joseph A. Bias

Good Friday


“Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called i

n Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” John 19:14-19

Of the three major events, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Day, (Easter) recognized by most Christians as central to Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Day, (Easter), Good Friday is probably the most frequently observed, second only to Easter Sunday. Though none of the names of the days and observances held during this week are mentioned in the Bible, each holds a special significance for the born again believer, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Good Friday (also known as Holy Friday) is the day most Christians believe to be the day when Jesus was crucified. It is a day that signifies, both the “Good” and the “Terrible,” the horrible and the triumphant events of this day. It is good in that it is the day when the salvation plan of God for the redemption of fallen mankind was fully completed. It is terrible in that it reminds us of the terrible, costly price of suffering and death that was paid for our salvation from the wages of sin of which we were so guilty and in which we were all dead.

From Good Friday to Easter the course of all Creation is suddenly redirected. In the three days from the crucifixion to the resurrection the righteousness justice and the gracious mercy of God meet. [Romans 3:26]

On that day God, as the Just, poured out His wrath on Jesus for the sins of all mankind and as the Justifier he declared us His righteousness through the blood of Jesus, His only begotten Son, our substitutionary sacrifice and in that single act of love revealed to all the world the Good News of the mystery of the Gospel.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

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