They plotted. They planned. Then they got Judas to lead them to Jesus. Jesus was innocent—He had done no wrong except to challenge the thinking of those who thought they had it all figured out. Though Jesus had healed, fed, restored, forgiven, taught and raised Lazarus from the dead, they saw Him as a threat to their realm of power.
Though the crowd hailed Him as king and shouted hosannas over him at the beginning of the week as He entered Jerusalem; their tune changed to “Crucify” on Friday.
He could have called legions of Angels to His rescue. Instead He stayed silent. He took the punishment: the lashes of the whip, punches to His face, wore a crown of thorns pressed into his brow and mockers’ spit on His beard.
Silently He bore them out of love.
He hung on a cross—gasping for breath. Among the last words He spoke were, ‘Father, forgive them’. He became the spotless lamb, the one without sin—the only one who could take our sin away.
The rulers were relieved and thought it was over.
His followers felt confused.
Satan pumped his fist thinking he finally got the victory.
Yet, Friday became good. In the depth of the tomb where the body of Jesus lay—alone, the third day was coming. Friday became good because Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb—just three days was all that was needed to redeem us from the grip of sin and death. Resurrection brought forth redemption. Redemption covered our sin forevermore. Jesus took our punishment and paid our debt.
He didn’t suffer without a reason—we needed to be freed from Satan’s hold of death.
Because of Good Friday, we are free when we believe who Jesus is, why He came and our need of a savior.
Satan believes in Jesus. Satan knows the word of God. But, Satan will never acknowledge Jesus as Lord of all.
How about you?
May this Good Friday burst forth and bring salvation into your hearts, and light to your soul.