Jesus Bore Our Sins

Matthew 27:45-54

New King James Version (NKJV)

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

1 Peter 2:21-24

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

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What’s So Good About Good Friday?

What’s So Good About “Good Friday?”

As a kid, I never understood the term, “Good Friday.”  What was so “good” about the execution of a first-century religious leader?

Before I became a Christian, I realized that the death and resurrection of a man – even a very good man – could not in any way take away my sin, or give me eternal life.  The question was, who was Jesus?  Was he a good teacher, or a prophet?  Or, was he something more?  What did it mean that Jesus was the “Son of God?”

What I came to realize was that Jesus never claimed to be a mere rabbi or prophet; he claimed to be God.  If this claim is true, then Jesus’ death and resurrection could take away my sin; I could ask Him to be my Savior, and be saved.  If this claim is not true, then Christianity is utter nonsense.

If Jesus claimed to be God, but he wasn’t God, then he was either a liar, or else he was crazy.  As I studied the record of his life as recorded in the Gospels, I found no indication that Jesus was a liar.  Nobody would be willing to die for a lie, yet Jesus willingly died for his belief that he was God, and that he could save the world.  I also found no indication that he was crazy.  Jesus made some of the most profound statements ever made.  He had a singular purpose without any signs of the erratic behavior of a delusional lunatic.  I came to the conclusion that since Jesus was neither a liar nor a crazy man, He must be Who He claimed to be – God.  As a result, I asked Jesus Christ into my life, received Him as my Savior, had my sins forgiven, and entered into a relationship with the Living God.

What’s so good about Good Friday?  Good Friday is the commemoration of the day nearly 2,000 years ago that Jesus Christ died for my sin.  As 2 Corinthians 5:21 states, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  God the Father took my sin, and placed it on His only Son, who knew no sin, but paid the penalty for my sin in my place.  Because of my sin, I deserve eternal separation from God; but, because Jesus paid the penalty for me, and because I have asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and to be my Savior, I instead have eternal life and an eternal, intimate relationship with God.

The best part is, Jesus Christ also died for the sins of everyone who chooses to accept Him as Savior.  He took the sins of the world upon Himself when He died on the cross that Friday; and His resurrection on the first Easter Sunday is the guarantee to anyone who chooses to receive Him that they will have eternal life.

That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

BC by Johnny Hart
April 9, 2004