So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”… Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
– John 19:16b-20, 28-30
I know today is celebrated as Good Friday, but as I consider everything you endured on this day so many years ago, it is hard for me to understand the good. You were tortured, mocked, and nailed to a cross where you suffered for hours in excruciating pain. You bore all of the sins of the world, to which you contributed not a single iniquity, and I supplied plenty. But the three words you cried out as you died in agony are what mark this day as good: “It is finished.” There was your offering. You gave your life so I could be set free and have eternal life. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered. Thank you that those last three words were not your final say. Thank you for this Good Friday.
Thank you that Easter is coming!
CALL TO ACTION:
It is difficult to call one of the darkest days in Jesus’ story “Good Friday,” but as today’s prayer reminds us, it is good because of Jesus’ unfathomable sacrifice for each of us. Today, make time to attend a Good Friday service at Crossings OKC to be reminded of the suffering Jesus’ experienced as he willingly sacrificed his life for our freedom and redemption.
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