By Danya M. Jordan
Ironically called Good Friday, it is the most somber day of the year and of humanity for Christians.
Today for 2022 is even more significant in that Jewish Passover begins this evening also. One of our Messianic ministry clients with Blessings Brokers hosted a “Preparing for the Passover” Virtual Event Tuesday evening. It is beautiful and heart-rending to witness that every part of the Passover points us back to Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah. Even the way the blood was put over the doors in Exodus with one stripe of blood at the top and one stripe on both sides is just like Jesus’ crucifixion. He was our Ultimate Sacrifice.
Let’s reflect back now on what we now call Good Friday of Holy Week. It was before 9am that Good Friday morning when Pontius Pilate handed the badly beaten and scourged Jesus over to be crucified. Although Jesus was innocent, he was being crucified in place of Barabbas. As He carried His heavy cross, He began the agonizing climb to Calvary or Golgotha, the Place of the Skull.
“Here they crucified him, and with him two others–one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: ‘JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS…’ (John 19:18-19 NIV).
The criminal on one side of Jesus threw insults at Him asking if He were Christ, why didn’t He save Himself and them? The other criminal feared God and rebuked the other criminal, saying Jesus had not done anything wrong. The criminal humbly said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise. ‘ “ (Luke 23:42-43 NIV).
Like the two criminals, one on each side of Jesus, we are given a choice. Perhaps that’s why there were two criminals being crucified beside Him– not one, not five, but two–because of THE choice.
To accept Jesus as our King of King and Lord of Lords or not.
To ask Jesus to remember you in His Kingdom or not.
To hurl insults at Jesus or honor Jesus with humble praises.
Have you humbly asked for Jesus to remember you as His and to join Him in the paradise of eternal life? Friend, if not, there’s a simple prayer at the bottom to pray and make the most important decision of your life.
“…Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.” –John 30b NIV
The Greek word “Tetelestai” means “It is finished.” During New Testament times the word “Tetelestai” would have been stamped or written on business documents or receipts to indicate that a bill had been “Paid in Full.” The connection between this common business transaction stamp and the Ultimate Transaction Jesus accomplished on the cross was conveyed crystal clear in the Gospel of John with Jesus’ words.
Sweet friend, you are so loved. Jesus paid a sin debt He did not owe because we owed a sin debt we could not pay.
One of my favorite hymns, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” includes the following tender, honest revelation. May these words echo in our souls this Easter and each day of our lives.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Friday’s here, but Sunday’s comin’! Happy Resurrection Day!
If you would like to welcome Jesus as the King of your life, pray with me this simple prayer:
Dear God, I need You. I am humbly calling out to You. I’m tired of doing things my own way.
Help me to start doing things Your way. I invite You into my life to be my Lord and my Savior.
Fill the emptiness in me with your Holy Spirit and make me whole.
Lord, help me to trust You. Help me to love You.
Help me to live for You. Help me to understand Your grace, mercy and peace.
Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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–Please try to fathom how deep Jesus’ Love is for you. How will you show your gratitude and tell others? Please comment.
–Which crucified criminal beside Jesus do you relate to?
–Please read Psalm 22 and compare it to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John story of Jesus death and resurrection.
–“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations…They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn–for He has done it.” –Psalm 22: 27, 28, 31 NIV (written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection).
–“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us