Good Friday: The Fulfillment of Good News
Let’s take a minute and focus on the significance of Good Friday and the profound love of God demonstrated through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The prophecy in Isaiah, written 800 years before Jesus’ birth, foretold of Emmanuel, God with us, who would take upon Himself the punishment for our sins.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.”
These verses remind us of the immense love and sacrifice of Jesus: “Surely he took up our infirmities, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
Practical Insights and Action Steps
Recognize the gravity of sin: Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross reveals the seriousness of sin and its consequences. Take time to reflect on the rebellion and brokenness in our lives that separates us from God.
Embrace the good news: Good Friday is good because it fulfills the good news of God’s love and redemption. Accept the truth that Jesus willingly took upon Himself the punishment for our sins, offering us forgiveness and reconciliation with God.
Don’t dull down the bad news: Acknowledge the wrath of God as a result of sin. Understand that Jesus suffered the wrath of God on our behalf, demonstrating the depth of His love and the magnitude of His sacrifice.
Remember the sacrifice: Take this Good Friday as an opportunity to remember and reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Consider the pain and suffering He endured for our sake, and express gratitude for His love and grace.
Confess and believe: Respond to the good news by confessing your sins and believing in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God who died and rose again for your salvation. Surrender your life to Him and seek to live in obedience to His teachings.
Dear Heavenly Father, on this Good Friday, we humbly come before You, acknowledging the immense sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Thank You for demonstrating Your love for us by taking upon Yourself the punishment for our sins. Help us to grasp the gravity of our rebellion and the depth of Your grace. May we never dull down the bad news of sin but instead fully embrace the good news of salvation through Jesus. Empower us to live lives that honor and glorify You, as we confess our sins, believe in Jesus, and seek to follow Him wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Podcast Transcript: Untold Secrets of Good Friday
Are you a good news first or a bad news first kind of person? I feel like sometimes you have that choice, right? People are like, Hey, you know what? I got some good news and some bad news for you. What do you want to hear first? It’s something about hearing the bad news first makes the good news even better. And you don’t want good news to be ruined by bad news. So my default on that is just, you know, give me the bad news first and then, okay, I can, I can absorb that, I can understand that, and then give me the good news, and it’s just much sweeter that way.
The Struggle of Good Friday
How is it Good Friday can be good at all? And that is the struggle, and has been the struggle for me. It seems so somber. It’s like Jesus, who didn’t do anything wrong other than break the law of blasphemy, he just basically told people that he was God, and they wanted to kill him for it. I mean, how many people are walking around doing that now? We just ignore him. We don’t kill anybody for saying that they’re God, no. And they did that, and that was Jesus’ crying. Jesus said, I am God. And they said, OK, well, we’re going to kill you for saying that, because that’s not true. So that seems a little extreme to me.
The Prophecy of Isaiah
I was reading through Isaiah this morning. I was skimming through. I took a break from my normal devotions, because it’s Good Friday, and just this weekend is so significant to our faith. I wanted to re-look at it. what was going on in the life of Jesus and even the prophecy that was fulfilled, that was being fulfilled at the time. And reading through Isaiah, this is like, I think it’s like 800 years, maybe you can correct me if I’m wrong, like 800 years before Jesus is even born. So this is a long time before he’s born. He is describing how much God loves us and the solution to the sin problem. He talks about how Emmanuel is going to be the solution. You’ll be born of a virgin. I believe this is chapter 7. And then reading through, it talks about Emmanuel. It talks about God with us, which is referring to who we know now as Jesus of Nazareth. How he was going to fulfill all these prophecies and how that was going to rescue us from our own damnation that we have created for ourselves. In verse 4 of chapter 53 it says, Surely he took up our affirmities, yet we consider him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. That is amazing that that was written by somebody who had heard from God the answer for all that has been done wrong and all the sin that is in the world. 800 years before Jesus actually came, God gave him this word. It’s amazing. And now we can just look back on it. And say, yeah, that’s who he was talking about, but how awesome was it to receive that and to give that and for other people to have that as part of for encouragement and to know that God hasn’t forgotten about them and God is going to provide a way out for them.
The Dullness of Good Friday
I think we do a little bit of injustice when it comes to talking about Good Friday. Good Friday is good because it fulfills the good news. The good news is that Emmanuel is coming and is going to be pierced for our transgressions, he’s going to take our sin, and he’s going to take the punishment for that sin for us. I think that we can dull down the bad news, and that, I think, does some injustice to what the gospel is, the good news. Jesus had a really good understanding of God’s wrath, and you read through the Old Testament, and you see it more. You can see this sin that we have, the rebellion that we have, causes this wrath in God that you get a really good understanding of, and you’re reading through the Old Testament more than the New, and I believe that Jesus had a really good understanding of what this was. Because when I read through the end of the Gospels, when Jesus is going to the garden, he’s going to the garden to pray before he gets captured about God taking the cup from him. And when we describe this, we describe Jesus’ sacrifice, we talk about the cross all the time. My personal opinion on this is I don’t think that he was in the garden, that he was sweating blood and just asking God if there’s any other way to take this from him. When he’s referring to taking the cup away from him, I don’t think he’s referring to the cross, even though that is obviously an awful way to die on this earth. The amount of pain and suffering that is caused through that is not, in my belief, is really not comprehensible. be really tough to empathize with that. I think the cup that he’s referring to is something even more than that. I think it was the wrath of God that he was referring to. He knows his father. He knows the result of sin. And he knows what needs to be paid, the price that needs to be paid for that sin. And he didn’t want that. I’m sure he didn’t want the cross either. But I am convinced The wrath of God would be much more intimidating, especially when you have a better understanding of it than what we have even through scripture. Let’s not dull down what Jesus did. He died on Friday, and he was gone for three days. I’m telling you, he was not on this earth, and he was not in heaven. There’s not a whole lot of other places he could be for three days, and I’m telling you, it was during that time he was suffering the wrath of God for the sins of you, for I, for everybody before us, for everybody after us. The bad news is the wrath of God that is a result of our sin. The good news is Jesus took that on our behalf for all those who believe in their heart and confess with their mouth.
Today is a Good Friday. For what it’s worth, those are my thoughts on Good Friday. Hopefully you enjoy it. Take the time just to remember the sacrifice and not only that on the cross, but of the wrath of God that was endured by our Savior, Jesus Christ. Have a great day.