Good Friday as it is called is really the day everything changed. Now I know, Easter morning is the day that gets all the attention, but it was the cross, not the resurrection that paid the price for our forgiveness. Good Friday is all about people, it is the one religious commemoration like no other on earth, that places people at the heart of its purpose. No other religious act can compare with what happened that day at the place they called the Skull. It was the place where John 3:16 was acted out, and all of heaven, and hell were affected forever.
John 3:1616 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Since the cross was an enactment of God's love for people, let's take a look at the people who were there that day.
Roman soldiers: the authority of government, by which all nations were symbolized by these soldiers. The death of Jesus wasn't for just Jews, it was for the nations.
The crowd of mockers: people who have no respect or knowledge of God, were counted as important to God, and were not excluded from the provision of grace of the cross.
Family and friends: these folks closest to Jesus, people who were sympathetic to Him and followed Him, this symbolized the good in humanity.
The religious crowd: These leaders of conspiracy and arrogant pride for their accomplishment of taking care of Jesus. This symbolized the arrogance of self assurance and the pride of life.
The criminals: Two thieves both deserving to die, symbolizing the wrong doing that goes on in the heart of mankind.
From authority to the criminal all were a part of the most important day in human history. They all were present as symbols that all of humanity needs the cross, and its provision of grace. These people groups are a microcosm of the humanity Jesus died for, caring that none should perish, but all come to the saving knowledge of the cross.
The cross is a place where everything changes. For God, the penalty for sin was satisfied, and for humans, the price was paid, and everlasting life with God was provided. Nothing could be more important in the scheme of human experience than this one time event. There is no religion on earth that can even come close to what the cross represents and the only losers in what happened that day was the Devil and his demons. Death, demons, and the Devil, were all defeated, and evil had to bend a knee to Him who hung on the cross.
For me, the cross is everything, it is a reminder of what Jesus did by paying the penalty of sin, but it is also a daily reminder, that I have a obligation to pick up my own cross and make Him my purpose and objective in this life.
The cross is our symbol of what the resurrection proved, God is in control.
Have a blessed Resurrection Day.
Keeping it honest and truthful...K