by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30b)
Why is it called Good Friday, when it was the day Jesus died? It was a day of deception, darkness, and seeming defeat. The hoped-for Messiah hanging on a cross, condemned like the rest of us, for the scriptures show that everyone is cursed who is hung on a tree (Galatians 3:13). But something else was in play here, for what seemed like evil’s greatest victory — even with the eclipse that darkened the midday sun — turned out to be its ultimate defeat. Jesus himself foreshadowed this as he said that humans cannot take his life from him, for he lays it down on his own (John 10:18). And all this was for a purpose.
Going back to the very beginning and the fall in the Garden of Eden, God set forth a plan to save his precious creation. Sin dealt a curse, but God delivered the cure: love given for the forgiveness of sin. As awful as Christ’s crucifixion appeared and was, Jesus’ last words reveal that it was not a tragedy but a triumph. “It is finished.” Sin? Finished. The finality of death? Finished. The hopeless of the grave? Finished. The horror of hell? Finished. Jesus’ mission to redeem humanity? Finished. God’s plan to bring salvation to his people? Finished. And all this is available to everyone, because “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus’ words, declaring God’s long-reaching plan was finished, is good news, even through it came with the horror of the cross. This was Jesus taking on the sin-curse infecting every single human being so he himself became the cure. And thanks to Jesus’ loving sacrifice, everyone has the ability to become a child of God, regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done. You are forgiven. You are saved. It is finished!
A Good Friday?
Yes, the best.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the love you give me in Jesus Christ to forgive me of my sin and give me a new purpose for living. Help me to see the curse of the cross and in it find my cure so I may live with you in eternity forever. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have a Good Friday,