Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world, according to the Holy Bible, specifically the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. There are also countless other passages within the New Testament and even the Old Testament, that collaborate the events that took place on the day of Christ’s crucifixion.
We celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross with gratitude and sorrow at the same time; it’s a catch-22. While we mourn what occurred and why, we are thankful that Jesus, as the son of God, took upon Himself our sin, our trespasses, our inability to measure up to a holy god. Jesus made it possible for us to cross the sin barrier and stand up with Him in front of His father and now ours…
We are adopted children now, (if we so choose to believe and thus agree), of our Father in Heaven. We give thanks on Good Friday for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that paid the price so that we can call God, “Abba,” or “our Father,” as Jesus does.
To the thief on the cross nearby, Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And after he said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
What, in detail, did Jesus do for us on this day, “Good Friday?”
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2Corinthians 5:2
“In His sinless and perfect human body—prepared especially as a perfect blood sacrifice for the sins of the world—Jesus suffered terribly in body, soul, and spirit during the long night of His trial. That suffering began with the agony in the garden of Gethsemane and in all the humiliating events of His trial and cruel torture prior to His morning journey to Golgotha. The worst was yet to come. Death by crucifixion is an especially painful and terrible death. It was common in Roman times for crucified men in good health to hang dying on a cross sometimes for days, yet Scripture records that Jesus died within six hours’ clock time. Even if He only suffered normal human pain in this ordeal it would have been incredibly severe.
All this pain, however, was but the prelude to His real suffering, which involved being cut off from the Father’s love and presence and consigned to carry our sins out of the universe, to hell as it were, like the scapegoat sacrifice of Israel of which he, Christ, is the antitype.” (see this source)
This intense, incredible sacrifice of Christ Jesus’ is our hope, our faith, our strong belief, culminating in the celebration of Easter Sunday and the Resurrection, in which Jesus rises from the dead, or “the empty tomb.”
Personally, I am so very thankful that God allowed Jesus to stand in the place He did for my sins. From birth there was the inability to measure up to the holiness of God, as I was born into an unholy world and thus became a part of it. I acknowledge the intense suffering Jesus endured for me, and I am grateful for it. I believe. I accept His sacrifice. I want to be holy in the eyes of God. Thank you, Jesus.
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