They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
What's so Good about Good Friday?
When they take the Son of God and put Him to
death, why is that considered good?
when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment
due us for our rebellion against God.
When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He
had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they
did not believe Him.
Until He did it.
It was good for us. Was it good for Him?
The Bible says, "… who for the joy that was set before him endured the
cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of
God." (Heb 2:2).
Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was
His net gain?
We were the joy set before Him.
We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan,
He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.
I want to share a cool thing with you. If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to
have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.
A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus
that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying
this out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on
Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was accursed (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus
because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty
of the sins of the world.
Give me a break.
<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that
no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.
Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created,
and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the
"Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe
As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some
of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way)
were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered
them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong
bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the
scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse of Psalm 22.
When they hear this verse, they remember the rest of the Psalm.
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
The ramifications are huge.