Good Friday (and every day really) we should reflect on the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf, but instead of being somber, we should celebrate. Because of Christ’s death, we can have new life. As Charles Spurgeon said, “The memorial of Christ’s death is a festival, not a funeral.”
Dr. S.M. Lockridge (1913-2000) was the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent African-American church in San Diego, CA, from 1953-1993. He gave a Good Friday devotional entitled “It’s Friday – But, Sunday’s Coming.”
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loves us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” (1 John 4:10, ESV).
Shane Vander Hart: On Good Friday, 2000 years ago, Jesus completely, totally, finally paid for my sin and yours. How could we not call that good?
As today is Good Friday we encourage you to take time to read the Passion narrative from John 19 from the English Standard Version of the Bible.
With it being Good Friday today I thought I’d share the seven last “words” (sayings) of Jesus on the Cross. This is from a series I first posted back in 2009. The first of the seven last “words” of Christ. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do, (Luke 23:34, ESV). Even while […]
Ever wonder why it is that we can call Good Friday good since death in the form of the worst execution imaginable is at its focus?
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. – Acts 5:30-31, New King James Version The struggle for American independence wasn’t something that happened overnight. Britain’s 13 […]
Via Dolorosa. Spanish for “way of suffering”. Perhaps others of you have found yourselves in a place of suffering these past months. Either through illness, divorce, financial hardships or just the pain of a relationship gone awry. I have personally been through a season of rejection and pain so deep I despaired of ever emerging […]
The event that Christians around the world commemorate today – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – would be meaningless if it were not for Sunday. The tomb would still be sealed. Death would still hold its grip over us. We would not have forgiveness of sin. The Apostle Paul knew what was at stake when […]
The second of the seven last “words” of Christ while He hung on the Cross. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” (Luke 23:43, ESV). To the thief that exercised faith and asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. What faith that man had when […]
As we mark Good Friday today, let’s remember that it isn’t the end of the story… Sunday’s Comin.. Also for some addition reading I wanted to highlight a series of short posts I did last year on "The Seven Last Words of Christ," statements that he made from the cross. “Father Forgive Them” “You Will […]
From the words of John Calvin in his Institutes of the Christian Religion: Suppose [a man] learns, as Scripture teaches, that he was estranged from God through sin, is an heir of wrath, subject to the curse of eternal death, excluded from all hope of salvation, beyond every blessing of God, the slave of Satan, […]
The final statement made by Jesus while on the cross. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last, (Luke 23:46, ESV). His final breath, a triumphant shout declaring to the world that He had been restored to His […]
The sixth of the seven last words of Christ. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit, (John 19:30, ESV). Atonement had been made at that moment in human history. In the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the justice, holiness, righteousness and […]
The fifth of seven of Jesus’ last words while on the Cross. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, ESV). Jesus quotes Psalm 22:1, at this moment the communion that Jesus shared […]