Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
– Matthew 27:41-52
Good Friday refers to the day the Lord Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross after being subjected to gruesome torture, all in order to pay the price for man’s redemption. Crucifixion upon a cross was a type of death reserved for only the worst of criminals. He was actually crucified between two criminals.
On the day of His death, He was mocked by priests, scribes and elders; He was struck by ordinary folks; He was flogged with canes laced with sharp bones; He was nailed to the cross; His innocent hands were pierced through with long nails. On the cross he cried, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” but no help could come His way. Sour vinegar was offered to Him to drink, and finally, He gave up His spirit.
Why should such a day in which an innocent One suffered and died in this manner be referred to as Good Friday?
God made His sinless Son to take the place of sinful men and die on their behalf. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2Cor. 5:21). By His death, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law; “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) (Galatians 3:13). By His death, Jesus showed a perfect example of how to life the Christian life. “…and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (1 Cor. 5:15).
The death of Jesus for man is the greatest sacrifice ever; and the highest proof of God’s love for man.
- Thank Jesus for all He went through for your sake.
- Pray for a new wave of revival across nations.
CONFESSION: Jesus paid the supreme price to rescue me from sin and death. I rededicate my life to His service.