The biggest question that everyone has is, why is Good Friday called Good Friday. Friday (several days after Palm Sunday) is when Jesus carried his own cross along with two others to Golgotha to be crucified after being arrested. Again how can Jesus’ death be good?
Many of you can recall a friend and/or family member that has passed away recently, they have made a huge impact on your life; It’s hard to see anything positive or good from death. But John chapter 19 shares with us the “Good” and “Triumphant” meaning of Good Friday.
One thing to note in verse 30 (John 19) where “Jesus said It is Finished…” meaning His purpose and mission has been completed (while on the cross). Jesus lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21) and took the punishment of your sin and mine sin (the whole world’s sin) on the cross (John 1:29, 3:5: Luke 19:10; Mark 10:45 & 1 Timothy 1:15)
Define it Questions: (John 19:16-37)
- When have you been punished for something you didn’t do?
- For what what “official” reason was Jesus crucified?
- In what sense was Jesus’ death Triumphant, yet tragic?
- How do you feel when you think about how Jesus died for you?
- When did the Crucifixion begin to make a difference in your life?
- What would your life be like without Jesus?
- Can you think of a person or more that you can explain the need for the crucifixion?
Define It: We see from scripture the Jesus’ painful crucifixion and death was tragic yet necessary. Spend time this weekend reading and thinking about how Jesus’ death was triumphant, yet tragic; finished, yet ongoing. Keep in prayer Good Friday as many will asked about why Jesus’ death on the cross is consider good. Pray for those who never hear the message and meaning of Good Friday.