28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Today we celebrate Good Friday. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and marks the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. There are three words in this passage that stand out to all believers. Those words are, of course, “It is finished.” Today we pause to remember that some 2,000 years ago a man named Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave up his life for us. The very people Jesus came to save humiliated him publicly, beat him until he was unrecognizable, and sentenced him to die by the most sinister punishment of the Roman government. It was the darkest day in human history.
So what makes this Friday good? Why do we look to the day Jesus was crucified as a “good” day? We call this Good Friday only because it was followed by the Greatest Sunday, the day Jesus’ tomb was found empty early that morning. On Friday Jesus defeated sin, and on Sunday he defeated death. The resurrection was Jesus’ greatest work proving he was who he claimed to be. This is why we come together to celebrate Easter Sunday.
1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
One way to focus our hearts on Christ this Easter is to meet together early in the morning, around the time Jesus’ tomb was discovered. This Sunday morning you are invited to join us for a Sunrise service at 6:30 AM. Let’s join together and celebrate that HE IS ALIVE.
Grace and Peace,