Luke 23:26-37- And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’
30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’
31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[b] And they cast lots to divide his garments.
35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
38 There was also an inscription over him,[c] “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Today we celebrate what is known as "Good Friday". Good Friday is the day we, Christians around the world remember what Christ did for us in dying and shedding His blood as full payment for our sins.
Many back then and many today did not and still do not see "Good Friday" as a "Good Friday" because of the suffering and shame that took place that day, but indeed, as dark and as painful as the day was, it was indeed a “Good Friday.”
In order to see the beauty and good of what took place on good Friday, we MUST view good Friday through the lense of scripture because it is only there that we are able to spiritually see and understand God’s redemptive plan that took place on our behalf.
The good news is that God knew all about it. As a matter of fact, it was God who determined before the foundation of the world that He would put on flesh, come to earth and die for our sins.
No, none of this caught God by surprise. It was God that determined that Jesus death and blood shed on the cross was the only way to pay for the sins of humanity.
"Good Friday" when my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died, the bible declares that He cried with a loud voice and the curtain in the temple was torn in 2 from top to bottom.
The tearing of the curtain was a symbol of "free and direct" access to God. No more separation between God and man for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior had cleared the way for me and you to come boldly to God's throne of grace and mercy so that we can find the help we need in time of trouble by means of Jesus shed blood that "Good Friday" at Calvary.
Sin separated us from God, but Jesus death on the cross redeemed and reconciled us back to God the Father.
The curtain in the temple read "stay away" for you are not welcome here, but the torn curtain meant that the heart of God was wide open for all the world to see.
The torn curtain read "welcome, come, enter here in" for your sin debt has been paid by Jesus Christ.
When Jesus died, there is no more need for animal blood sacrifice for Jesus had shed His blood once and for all.
No more goats and bulls, no more need for the High Priest to make blood sacrifice or confessions to God on man's behalf as an atonement for the sins of the people for Jesus did it on "Good Friday" and it is settled in heaven.
Hebrews 6:19-20 We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, which enters the Inner Place behind the veil. 20 This is where Jesus has entered for us as a forerunner, since He has become the everlasting High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Indeed, "Good Friday" was a "Good Friday" that day over 2k years ago and it memorial today is indeed still a "Good Friday".
At Jesus death, He said "it is finished." In other words, everything that was necessary for man's redemption had been completed through Jesus Christ. The final payment for our sins had been paid and accepted by God.
“Good Friday” was the day the gates of hell was shut and the door to Heaven was swung open wide. Therefore, enter there in to the Master’s rest.
There is nothing man has to do but accept God's atoning work on Calvary for the work has already been done, therefore, we should lift up holy hands and lips in thanksgiving and tell the Lord thank you for dying for our sins and saving us from hell and condemnation.