The Worst Friday is the Best Friday

April 15, 2022
Church family: Why is the worst Friday in history the best Friday in History? Well, in order for there to be a resurrection Sunday there had to be a crucifixion Friday. Both had to occur for us to obtain the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). Jesus Christ, on crucifixion Friday, accomplished our salvation by these seven works.

First, on the cross Jesus removed our guilt because He endured the full curse of the law. He took upon Himself all of our guilt. Jesus, on the cross, has removed all of your guilt from all past and present and future sins (2 Cor. 5:21).

Second, Jesus on the cross redeemed us out of our enslavement to sin (Mat. 20:28). The cost to buy us back from our slavery was the life of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7). Jesus paid the ransom needed for our freedom.

Third, Jesus on the cross cancelled all of the sin debt that we owed. We owed a debt that we could never repay. But Christ on the cross paid the debt with His life (2 Cor. 13:14). We owe nothing, Jesus paid our debt in full.

Fourth, Jesus on the cross reconciled us to God. We were once enemies with God until Jesus’ death made us friends and even children of God (Col. 1:21-23, Romans 8:16-17). God has replaced any opposition toward us with complete family affection.

Fifth, Jesus on the cross is our substitute, bearing our sins on our behalf (1 Peter 2:22-25). Christ gave up everything and became nothing so that we may be heirs of the Kingdom, inheriting the vast blessings of eternal life.

Sixth, Jesus on the cross absorbed all of God’s wrath toward our sin. Jesus took the full wrath of God that was directed toward us and absorbed it all (Isaiah 53). Jesus suffered so that we would be free from wrath while we only receive His goodness and love.

Seventh, Jesus on the cross declares His victory over His enemies, Satan and his helpers. Christ disarmed the evil spiritual rulers and authorities of this world (Col. 2:15). We have been liberated by the King. The cross is our victory so that there is no sting in death (1 Cor. 15:56-57).

That is why the worst Friday in history is the best Friday in history. Our God is a redeeming God. He is committed to taking what seems to be very bad and turning it into something that is very, very good. Rejoice in the epic goodness of this dark Friday!

I look forward to worshipping the risen Savior with you this Sunday, Steve

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