What does the cross remind you of? While we may drop tears watching The Passion of Christ and while the sight of the cross may remind us of the sufferings of Jesus as explained in the Bible and as visualized in movies, it ultimately reminds us of victory over sin! The wave sends down our spine is that of excitement!
On Good Fridays like every other year, we are seeing lots of cross on Social Media, on Television, on profile status and so on. There has always been the cross even before the coming of Jesus, it had always represented shame! But not until Jesus went up to it. The same cross that used to represent shame became a symbol of victory!
Good Friday is one of the most important days in the world. It was the day God’s love for the world reached its peak of manifestation, the day that the Old Testament came to an end and the day that God’s anger on sin was satisfied.
Good Friday shouldn’t be a day we live in mourning but a day we intensify our joy, joy that knows no bound, sponsored by the reality of God’s gift of salvation as delivered to us by Jesus. Let’s see a place in the Bible
“When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” – John 19:30 KJV
It was on this day that Jesus made the profound statement that changed the face of humanity. He declared on the cross “it is finished”. Many of us don’t understand the extent of that word. He wasn’t saying “the suffering just ended” he wasn’t saying “I’ve seen it all.
The Greek word translated as finished is “tetelestai” which means “paid in full”, it was an accounting term indicating that all debt has been paid. The beauty of this word is that it indicates it was finished yesterday, today and forever! What an amazing way to end the Old Testament. The debt of sin for all men was paid once and for all by God himself.
The Old Testament started with the story of a perfect world which was short-lived when sin came into the world through one man. According to John, Jesus gave up after saying “it is finished”. The war against sin was over and reign of righteousness in Christ Jesus started.
The death of Jesus was the beginning of the New Testament, a life that is free of judgement.
THE DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE
This was God’s way of demonstrating his love for us, he judged sin that he can win us to himself and put us in his place. The Bible says
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 NIV
He wasn’t waiting for us to come to our senses, he wasn’t waiting for us to realize that we needed a saviour. He provided a permanent solution for sin. This is what Good Friday should represent, the demonstration of God’s love despite the wickedness of our hearts.
SALVATION HAS BEEN GIVEN
Now, God’s offering of salvation has been freely given and anyone who accepts it is saved forever! We see this clearly in John 3:16, that anyone who believes shall not perish but have eternal life! There is no other way by which man can be saved except by Jesus.
Jesus made an audacious statement in John 14:6 saying “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
He is the only to the Father, our works cannot get us to the father, they are as filthy as rag but Jesus became sin for us that we might become righteous and today we can approach the throne of grace with boldness and obtain mercy!
Now, we don’t keep any law to gain God’s approval, we have his approval already! We don’t live righteous to be saved, we live righteous as saved!
What a deliverance it was on a Good Friday!