Good Friday 2019, ….What makes it Good?

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Many people ask just what is so good about “Good Friday”, after all, Jesus was brutally beaten, nailed to a cross, and left to die, what’s so good about that?!

I completely understand why people think that, I mean why would anyone in their right mind commemorate a day such as this as good?  A person who claimed to be sinless, a person who was holy and righteous in every way, was mocked, scorned, and brutalized to death, all because He told the truth!  Why would anyone want to call it “Good Friday”?!

To the world it makes no sense because the world does not believe that Jesus Christ is God!  The world merely believes that Jesus was a good person, with good morals and values, that He was a good teacher.  And if this were true then I would have to agree that it makes no sense whatsoever to call it “Good Friday”!

The fact that Jesus Christ is God, that He came to earth as both man and God, that He is the only propitiation for our sins makes this day a Good day!

1 John 2:2

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Jesus Christ came as a sacrifice for our sins, for the sins of the world!  His crucifixion was a part of God’s plan to pay our debt, to save us, to give us eternal life.

John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” ‘

The foretelling of Jesus Christ coming as the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world is seen in the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. 

Exodus 12:1-28

“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.

12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’ ”

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. 24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. 25 It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. 26 And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ ” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28 Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

The Jews were to sacrifice a lamb without blemish, to place the blood of the lamb on the two doorposts and lintel above (signifying a cross).  The Lord said that this will be known as the “Passover sacrifice of the Lord”, when He saved the Jews from bondage in Egypt, to redeem them from slavery and from death. 

To this day the Jewish feast of Passover begins on Good Friday, just a coincidence?  No!

Jesus Christ is the Lamb who was slain for our redemption, from slavery and from death!  Jesus died on a cross, shed His blood on a cross, and all those who repent and believe shall be saved.  It’s redemption through the blood of the Lamb!

The sacrifice of an unblemished lamb was the only way for the Jews in Egypt to be spared, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (the unblemished Lamb of God) on the cross is the only way for any of us to be spared from eternal damnation and instead given eternal life!  That my friends is a Good thing!

There is only one way to heaven, Jesus Christ!  Accept Him now!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

2 thoughts on “Good Friday 2019, ….What makes it Good?

  1. AMEN!
    All praise to Jesus who paid my debt and raised me to new life in Him !

    Thank you Gordon . I hope you are making a good recovery.
    God bless

  2. Thanks for your comment Christine!

    I’m doing ok, dealing with side effects of medications and fatigue, but other than that I seem to be doing well.

    God bless! Maranatha!

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