When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
(John 19:30 NIV)
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
(Luke 23:46 NIV)
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
(Mark 15:37 NIV)
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
(Matthew 27:50 NIV)
It is finished. It is Good Friday and you may be wondering what is Good Friday, what is finished, and who is Jesus. Good Friday is the holiday where we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. You might be thinking, “Why do we celebrate the death of Jesus though? I thought He was “the guy” for Christianity.“ To which I would say it is a bittersweet celebration. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the reason why Christianity exists at all, yet it is a sad somber event when we get into the details.
A few thousand years ago a man named Jesus was tried, beaten, tortured, whipped, abandoned, and executed in one of the most brutal ways humanity knows. He did not try to fight back. He did not try to run. He took the punishment that He did not deserve. He did this all for you.
When looking at the story of Jesus, we see that He was a man who spoke with authority, taught with wisdom, was a friend of sinners, healed the sick and broken, and was loved by many. Yet, the same people who claimed He was king on Palm Sunday, would be the same people to yell “Crucify Him” on Friday. He very quickly was not the king that the people wanted. He was condemned even though he had done no wrong. He was the spotless lamb.
You see, all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23). We all have messed up and done things we shouldn’t have done. Even if you are a good person and think that you do all the right things, sin has a place in your heart. That is, until you accept Jesus as your personal Savior. The reason we call this “GOOD Friday” is because without Jesus dying on the cross we do not get saved. No crucifixion, no salvation. This moment in history is what our entire faith is built upon. It is finished, Jesus has done what He came to the world to do what He set out to do, which was to save the whole world from sin and death. His sacrifice paid for my sins, your sins, and the rest of the world's sins. All we must do to receive this salvation is to believe in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV) This is the good news, that we were all once destined for death, but Jesus has offered us a way out. Jesus took the debt we owed and paid for it on the cross! All we must do is believe! So, if you are ready to make that decision, pray to Jesus and tell him you are ready to believe in Him and ask Him to forgive you of your sin.
If you made that decision to follow Jesus or don't know how to pray the salvation prayer, we would love for you to contact us. If you're not quite ready to make that decision I would still encourage you to come talk to us. I would also like to invite you to join us for our celebration on Easter Sunday. The true good thing about Good Friday is that we know Resurrection Sunday is coming. So, come celebrate with us. Click on the link below for more information. God bless.