Good Friday


The Question

The question is common amongst every new generation following the first Good Friday. “Why did He have to die?” they ask. It is a good question and one which should be answered in the spirit the honest query was asked.

Because it is Friday, the shadow of the cross looms darkly. But Sunday is coming, when the supreme answer is given.

The Nucleus of Why – simple on the surface, going deep into eternity past.

At the cross, the world is declared unsalvageable in its present state by God. Unless there is an acceptable Substitute to take my place under God’s law, “the price of sin is death”, then I must accept paying my own price, which I deserve.

Christ will save from destruction [all] the Father gave Him from the wrath and judgment to come. At the cross He will begin the process to destroy every vestige of the spoiled estate and renew everything, cleansing sin from existence.

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. “John 12:31

The hour is to have the outcome put most concisely by Jesus in John 12:31. What an hour this is. Can we see that it is the most momentous hour of all time? We talk about history’s pivotal points, but they all pale when we look at this. “Now is the judgment of this world”—the whole world. It is the hour in which the world was really revealed for what it is. It was there that sin was revealed. There, shown plainly and clearly once and forever, is the whole state of mankind apart from God.

The cross reveals sin for what it is and pronounces doom on the whole world and everything that belongs to that realm. The cross of Jesus Christ makes this great proclamation.

Unless I believe in Him, unless I believe that His death at that hour is the only thing that reconciles me to God, I remain under the wrath of God.

If I do not see and embrace that the wrath of God against my sin has been borne there by the Son of God, then the alternative is that I must experience the wrath of God’s justice on my own.

That is the essence of the gospel of Christ. I believe that my sins have been punished in the body of the Son of God, or else they will be punished in me. It is the judgment of the world.

The world apart from Christ has been weighed on the scales of God’s judgment and found wanting. It is doomed, condemned, and Christ alone can save it in that way. There was no other way, for God would never have allowed His Son to endure all that if there had been another way. It is the only way. Therefore, it is the judgment of the world. Our faith is rooted in the bedrock truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-7). 

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:17-19 NIV)

~G.W.

2 thoughts on “Good Friday”

  1. The Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we can find throughout history relevant events that have singularly and powerfully marked the history of humanity, but not as the most relevant fact, the most exalted of all, The Lord Jesus, son of God, Son of David, Lamb of God, the Anointed Messiah, as time passes it will seem that evil triumphs over good but good is not so through death and the blood of Christ has destroyed evil forever, Holy, Holy, Holy…..📖💎. 2 Corinthians 7:10.For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

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