The Grace & Glory of Good Friday

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“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” -Luke 22:19-20

Today we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made over 2,000 years ago on a Roman cross. We remember his rugged journey from Gethsemane to Golgotha, in which he was beaten, mocked, rejected, betrayed, abandon, abused, neglected, whipped, humiliated, and crucified on a cross. Despised by men.

He took up our pain and bore our suffering.¹His physical body crushed, mutilated, & disfigured. His organs were shut down. His body was broken. His blood was shed.

Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath, his quick, just, unbiased, & rightful wrath against the sins of all mankind. He took our place and paid our debt. He carried the weight of every sin & curse upon his shoulders.

Everything means everything. 

Every bad decision.

Every shameful regret.

Every empty word spoken.

Every act of sexual immorality.

Every form of idolatry.

Every bit of inadequacy.

Every kind of mistake.

Every disrespectful attitude.

Every rude remark.

Every ungrateful attitude.

Every mean spirit.

Every irritable moment.

Everything, for you, & for me. 

Unwarranted.

Unnecessary.

Unnecessary.

This wrath wasn’t justified for Jesus. It wasn’t right, & It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t deserved.

Yet, he did it anyways.

He took on the wrath of God & declared that “it is finished”, that the deed had been done & the sacrifice had been made.² There was no turning back.

Why did Jesus do this?

So that we may be able to understand how long, deep, & wide the love of Christ is for us (Ephesians 3:18) 

So that we may be saved by the GRACE of God (Ephesians 2:8)

So that we may never be condemned (Romans 8:1)

So that we may no longer be enemies of God (Romans 8:32)

So that we may experience life abundant , & experience his glorious riches (John 10:10, Ephesians 3:16)

So that we may have peace (John 14:27)

So that we may have power to defeat the enemy, & everyone who stands against us (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

So that we may have hope (Isaiah 40:31)

Today, we don’t just remember the death of Jesus. We remember that there was a purpose him dying on the cross, & that the story doesn’t stop on Friday. We remember that he has risen from the grave, and that he has forever defeated the sting of sin & death. We take heart, knowing that Jesus didn’t suffer for nothing, & we are humbled that he chose to do it for us.

And we act upon it.

We receive the gift of life & salvation that Jesus so generously bought for us.

We are moved by his acquaintance with suffering.

We are grateful for his grace.

We forgive freely because he so freely forgave us.

We walk in the victory that was attained on the cross.

We are rooted in our identity, in who Jesus says we are.

We forgive freely because he so freely forgave us.

We remember his sacrifice.

We to Jesus.

We fall into his arms.

We receive his pardon.

We embrace his warmth.

We experience his love.

We remember that the old covenant has no power over us, that Jesus fulfilled the law, that he paid the sacrifice once and for all, & that we may now boldly approach the throne of God.

Personally.

Intimately.

Without fear.

We remember the new covenant, our promised redemption, an unwavering hope, a ransom for our sins, a debt paid for our past regrets, a new & responsive heart, a hope for the future, a song in our hearts, & our eternal salvation.

Washed clean.

Redeemed.

Pure.

Righteous before God.

Covered with the blood of Jesus.

” In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace, that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…” -Ephesians 1:7-9

References:

  1. Isaiah 53:4 (NIV)
  2. John 19:30 (NIV)
  3. Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV)

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