The First Good Friday

Golgotha

The site of Golgotha, the supposed site of the actual crucifixion is, today, a public bus station — quite coincidental, as others might say, because during the time of Jesus, the crosses themselves were erected in a place where people usually passed so that they could behold and mock those who were executed.

The Gift

On that first Good Friday, Jesus Christ died a sinner’s death — a most excruciating and humiliating exit from this earth — in order that those who believe in Him would no longer have to.

Knowing the real meaning of this great sacrifice of God Almighty himself, and accepting it, is the only difference between those who possess eternal life and those who are bound for eternal damnation.

Mourn or rejoice?

If somebody gave you a gift, would you cry and wail in the streets and beat your chest and starve yourself out of pure anguish over it? If you’ve done that then it must have been a pretty horrible gift.

Sinners saved by grace through the sacrifice on the cross ought not to despair on this day of the year. Because the death of Jesus on the cross is not the plan of the Devil, but God’s own, to redeem his children.

We reflect and contemplate on this great gift of eternal hope, knowing that everything is done in commemoration and stripping ourselves of the inaccurate belief that the Lord, today, has died again:

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered ONCE for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…

The Garden Tomb

Good?

So what makes Good Friday “good,” if the one true Savior died on that fateful afternoon? It is because there is a Sunday waiting up ahead, which ultimately proves that our hope and faith in the risen Lord is not, and never will be, futile.

The Crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27)

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene,named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him:this is jesus, the king of the jews.

38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

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