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Good Friday

April 19, 2019 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Lent

Passage: John 18:1–19:42

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: John 18:1-19:42
Date: April 19th, 2019; Good Friday
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • From the world’s perspective it must seem absurd that we call today "Good Friday.”
  • On this day we remember and focus on our Lord’s suffering and death on the cross - his bleeding, his gasping, his intense suffering, his dying.
  • Devastating, tragic, somber, grief-filled - these words seem to fit.
  • And yet, this day when our Lord Jesus hung on a cross and died such a horrible death - we call  “good”.
  • The goodness of this Friday is really a matter of faith.
  • These are the facts of Good Friday: 
  • Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and he was arrested. 
  • He was tried before the religious high court and the high priest, Caiaphas, and he was found worthy of death, guilty of blasphemy against the name of God. 
  • He was hauled before the civil authorities, represented by Herod and Pontius Pilate, and was sentenced to death for the crime of treason, while a guilty man was set free.
  • He was denied by Peter three times and a rooster crowed.
  • He was beaten by soldiers, mocked, spit-at, scorned, crowned with thorns.
  • He was stripped and crucified between two convicted criminals at nine on Friday morning. 
  • Soldiers cast lots to see who would win the prize of Jesus’ tunic as a souvenir.
  • At noon it became very dark. 
  • At three in the afternoon, after receiving some sour wine to fulfill the Scripture, Jesus cried “It is finished” and died. 
  • To ensure his death, a spear was jabbed into his side, causing water and blood to flow from his dead body.
  • Jesus’ lifeless body was laid in a tomb.
  • These events are attested to by eyewitnesses.
  • This is a matter of historical fact.
  • The matter of faith is that all of this is for you and for your salvation. 
  • Faith clings solely to the Word that reveals the true meaning of these historical facts.
  • Hear God’s Word for your faith and life:
  • “In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
  • “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree.’” (Galatians 3:13)
  • “[Jesus] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
  • “For our sake [God] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:8)
  • “The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  • “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14)
  • “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14)
  • The light of God’s Word allows us to see the truth of our Lord’s suffering and death.
  • We see that the cross of Jesus is the ultimate paradox. 
  • The Light of the world - hangs in darkness. 
  • The Source of living water - thirsts. 
  • The innocent One - dies for the guilty. 
  • The One clothed in divine majesty - hangs in naked shame. 
  • The King of kings - is enthroned on a cross. 
  • The only begotten Son - is forsaken by the Father.
  • The One who is the Life of all - hangs dead.
  • In his thirst - is your refreshment. 
  • In his nakedness - is your garment of righteousness. 
  • In his rejection -  is your acceptance. 
  • In his forsakenness - is your inclusion. 
  • In his wound - is your healing. 
  • In his blood - is your forgiveness. 
  • In his death - is your life.
  • “It is finished” 
  • These are Jesus’ last words on the cross. 
  • It is finished, it is accomplished, there is nothing more to be done for your salvation.
  • Your sin is forgiven.  Justice has been served.  Eternal life is yours.  
  • This is Good Friday.  Amen.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.

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