The words of the hymn called “The Old Rugged Cross.” are going through my mind this afternoon, Good Friday 2015. Today we remember Jesus death on the cross.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
I was on that hill far away where one can see the outline of a skull. The hill was called Golgotha, in Jerusalem.
I remember today, Good Friday, Jesus death, when he was crucified and shed his blood. He died a horrible death. His face and body was covered in blood till he was not recognised.
Isaiah describes his death,
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
I know Jesus was rejected for me to take away my rejection. I know he is acquainted with my sorrow, pain and grief. I know he took all my sickness on the cross. I gave it all to Jesus and I am free, healed and restored. I know Satan is defeated by Jesus and I do not have to listen to Satan’s lies. The power of God was released when Jesus died that day on the cross.
Believe and receive from Jesus today. Give him all your sorrows and pain. He will give you healing instead. He took my cancer and gave me restoration. I love him because of what he has done for me.
Today is Friday of Holy Week when we remember the last days of Jesus on the earth. It is called Good Friday.
Is it not a bad day when someone dies?
Jesus died a horrible death. He was crucified. His back was cut open from the a whip. His face was covered in blood from a crown of thorns that pierced his head. Nails were hammered into his hands and feet. He was cursed, because anyone who hung on a tree was cursed. He was covered in blood. His side was opened up with a sword. He was naked. He was hungry. He was thirsty. He was separated from God.
Men mocked him. He suffered. He was in pain. He did no wrong. He did not sin. He helped people while he lived. He was full of love. He forgave those who killed him. He obeyed his Father. He did not call on angels for help. He was the perfect sacrifice.
His close friends deserted him. He was spat upon. He was punished. He was rejected and betrayed. He was despised. He had done no violence. He did not open his mouth. He did not want his own will. He gave up his Spirit.
Adam disobeyed God and was put out of the garden and separated from God. Someone had to bring mankind back into God’s presence. God told Moses to sacrifice bulls as offerings. Aaron had to sprinkle the blood over the people to bring them close to God.
Jesus became a sacrifice to God to bring mankind into God’s presence again. He died to self. His blood was shed for us though he had not sinned. Through his sacrifice we can be forgiven our wrongdoings, curses, and healed of sicknesses. He understands our pain. He took our pain so we can be healed. As we believe and accept his sacrifice and forgiveness we can be free. We are reconciled to God and can be with him on earth and in heaven.
We do not have to wait to die before we experience heaven. Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
This is Good News.
That is why the day we remember Jesus’ death is called Good.