Good Friday | John 19 |

by | Apr 7, 2023

“Christians today often believe that the day is called Good Friday because Jesus died so that everyone could be forgiven for the things they had done wrong. This means that it’s the forgiveness that’s good, not Jesus’s death. The day could also be considered to be good because it’s what led to the Resurrection of Jesus,” (Visit Source.)

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face,” John 19.1-3. ”Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19.28-30 

Jesus was broken 

His body bruised

Crushed and defeated

By humans hands.

His innocence on display

His prayers tested

His Father abandoned

The solitary Son of God.

Without defense

He gave up his Spirit

He humbled his body

He submitted his Power.

Jesus is hung

Dying for our sins

Broken for our shame

Lifeless for our sake.

Quietness pervades

Darkness reigns

I am lost and alone

Christ without hope, this is the end.

“O Lord God, on this Good Friday, a day when you died to redeem humanity, I pause. I stop and think how lost I would be without you. How I would give in to the world as my god and not Yahweh. If you had not died I would be wandering alone, in desert places, searching for the light, for someone to bring me home. But with you I find salvation, redemption is in your hand. And so this day, when the devil celebrated death, you suggested life. You went to the grave alone. And for that I am thankful. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen