On a Hill Far Away
Across the centuries, this Friday has been dubbed “Good Friday” in remembrance of what Christ did for us on the cross on Golgotha 2000 years ago. It is good in the fact that our sin was paid by the blood of Jesus and that sin’s payment in the blood of Jesus was accepted by God, the Father. It is good in that our sin’s penalty and power was broken in Christ’s death. It is good that Jesus was our “substitutionary” Lamb that died with all of our sins placed upon Him. It is good that we never again have to worry if sin’s penalty still has power over us. It does not. We are free “forevermore”.
There are several things about that day and the One that paid sin’s debt for us that are truly wonderful. Here are just a few that are on my mind….
- Jesus is and was God who chose to come into His creation to redeem and reclaim man. That is ever a mystery. He did not give the angels a second chance when they were cast out of heaven with Lucifer. But, having made man in His image, and creating man to have dominion in the earth, and longing to have man share eternity with Him, He came after us out of His deep love and compassion to bring us back to Himself. He knew we had a debt greater than we could pay and He paid a debt He did not owe….and He did it lovingly and sacrificially.
- As the “Lamb of God”, He had to be legally and “eternally” acceptable. He was! Sinless (no act, thought, or deed that disqualified Him from dying for “sins” of all mankind), spotless (nor moral blemishes), silent before His accusers (He never sought to defend Himself in any of the trials or accusations), sacrificed (He kept the prophetic words spoken about Him) by Isaiah 53:4-7……
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. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and he Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
He loves us “as we are” when He comes after us; redeems us “from what we are doing and being” when He saves us; changes us “into what He wants for us to be”; and makes us “all that He had in mind as justified children of God” so that we can share “in the inheritance that is ours in Christ Jesus our LORD.
- He was raised from the dead by the power of God and came alive from the grave to demonstrate the veracity of His claims while on earth and the fact that God honored His work and payment for sin.
It is true that He died on a cross on “Good Friday”, and that He was raised from the dead on Sunday morning victorious and alive forevermore! That is the Gospel Truth! Happy Easter!