At The Cross
Today we really want to take a look at the scriptures and see what really happened over 2000 years ago. So, let’s dive into it.
“When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he canʼt save himself! Heʼs the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”
“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “Heʼs calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Letʼs see if Elijah comes to save him.” And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesusʼ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!””
Jesus suffered more than we could imagine. And He did it for us. The ones who beat Him, the ones who mocked Him, the ones who spat in His face and nailed Him to a cross. But His arms were opened wide that day. He was welcoming us into eternal life.
But if you say, “Well I didn’t beat Jesus or kill Him!” We did nail Him to that cross. It was our sin and shame that nailed Him there. Because of us Jesus had to live the perfect life and die the ultimate death. He live a perfect life so we don’t have to.
“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
This is one of the saddest moments in the Bible. Darkness filled the earth in the middle of the day, judgment. All the mockery and all the torture we gave Jesus… And the judgment didn’t fall on us! It fell on Him, Jesus. This is the first time Jesus and God are not connected. God has left Jesus and He now has no hope. He was abandoned and forsaken. All alone, without hope. We don’t know what that feels like because we are covered by grace. But hell is a place where God is absent.
All our sin and junk fell upon Jesus that day and God could no longer be with Him. Jesus was alone.
Easter is dark. It isn’t a happy time with bunnies and chocolate. It is a time of death. Good Friday is not a “good Friday”, because it is a day where the best person was murdered and crucified. We call it Good Friday because we know what comes of Sunday! Jesus conquered death and beat the grave once and for all!
Remember what Easter is really about. Remember the pain that Jesus faced so that He could live with you!
The Faith Filled Friends