Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday .....

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46)

When Jesus cried out these words, they were not the delusions of a man in pain. His faith was not failing Him. As Christ hung there, He was bearing the sins of the world. He was dying as a substitute for others. To Him was imputed the guilt of their sins, and He was suffering the punishment for those sins on their behalf. The physical pains of crucifixion, horrible as they were, were nothing compared to the wrath of the Father being poured out upon Him.
In short, Jesus was dying on that cross for your sins and mine. The Apostle Paul said that Jesus “loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). And Jesus loves you too, and He gave Himself for you.
After this ordeal, Jesus gave His fifth statement from the cross and the first words of a personal nature:
“I am thirsty!” (John 19:28)

Jesus then uttered His famous last words:
"It is finished!” (John 19:30)

The word “finished” is translated many ways: “It is made an end of.” “It is paid.” “It is accomplished!” But what was made an end of?—Our sins and guilt that accompanied them. What was paid?—The price of redemption! What was accomplished?—The work the Father had given the Son to do.
Jesus’ final prayer to His Father was:

“Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

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