It’s All Good

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
  • When Paul  says “First of all” he says “this is the most important”
  • This is the most important message for the Christian and the world to hear
  • What happened this day changed the course of humanity
  • Some people don’t believe this day- they don’t believe in God, the Bible, or Jesus
  • This is one of the most accurate events in human history. This and the resurrection.
  • We can have full faith and assurance in this story.
  • Rom 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
  • Christ died at the exact time that God wanted him to. Thousands of years before for US
  • Today is the day we commemorate “Good Friday” the day that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins
  • It has been called “Good Friday” For hundreds of years. Some say it’s a change from “God’s Friday” some sources see its origins in the term “God’s Friday” or Gottes Freitag, while others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag
  • My Favorite is that Greek liturgy “the Holy and Great Friday”
  • We come into Good Friday knowing that Sunday is coming- Knowing that our Savior will rise from the dead, proving that he is God and that he has overcome death for our benefit
  • In the back of our mind, we see and reflect on the cross but we see it through the lens of the empty tomb
  • It wasn’t the case for the early disciples. Put yourself in their shoes. Here’s a man they gave up everything to follow, who promised them eternal life, and a place with him in paradise
  • Now he’s arrested, flogged and beaten before their eyes. If I’m them, my hopes and dreams are crushed
  • Jesus had spoke to them cryptically Mark 14:58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”
  • I don’t think the Disciples were the quickest group of men. They struggled with a lot of what Jesus said- this was probably no different- They didn’t understand that Jesus was going to come back from the dead
  • I’m guessing on Friday that they thought it was the end of the story. Their rabbi and teacher put in a tomb
  • But that’s not us. Today is GOOD. Its GREAT. Its hard to celebrate someone’s death, but we CAN celebrate it- We can rejoice in it. We SING about it and LIVE because of it. THE CROSS.
  • Thousands of songs written about the power of the Cross, but it wasn’t the CROSS that had the power
  • It was the BLOOD shed on the cross that was the power. We celebrate and rejoice in the GOOD of that day

Its Good because we receive the blood of covering

  • Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
  • The blood that Jesus bled on the cross was payment for our sins.
  • Romans 5: 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • This covering covers all of our, your sins. Everything wrong you’ve ever done and everything you ever will do
  • That’s GOOD. Its GOOD that your past sins are paid for. Every bad action thought or deed. PAID FOR
  • That’s forgiveness. When you hear things like “Student loan forgiveness” or car or house note forgiven you’d get pretty excited.
  • You’d JUMP UP AND SHOUT- You’d TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Some people don’t realize the guilt and shame they have escaped through the cross
  • That you’re not going to have to pay what you OWE. I OWE on my house. I OWED on my cars.
  • Weight LIFTED
  • Its good because of justification
  • Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
  • How good it is that we have been justified before God and we can live righteously

It is the blood of cleansing 1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Its Good because it’s the blood of redemption

  • Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying:“You are worthy to take the scroll,
  • And to open its seals;For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
  • Do you know what redeemed means? It means that something has been paid for, and now is owned by someone
  • If you have money, you go to the store and purchase something, you now own it
  • Day I bought my house- went out and tore down this fence in my front yard- ITS MINE
  • Good Friday is GREAT Because it means that God has purchased us through Christ’s blood and now OWNS US.
  • I like being owned by God. I’m glad he’s my savior and my owner. I trust he’ll take care of me
  • I don’t want anyone else to own me. I don’t want anyone else to protect me. I want to be known by him

Its good because it brings reconciliation

  • Ephesians 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
  • We were enemies of God- Lost in this world- But THROUGH THE BLOOD and the CROSS we now have relationship with Christ
  • What a blessing that is- What a great relationship that is
  • You know when you’re worshipping, or praying, or reading the word and you sense the presence of God right there with you? That’s the reconciling power of the Blood and its GOOD
  • Right now you realize what a gift relationship is- you long for it- you’ll rejoice when its back together
  • But How much more your relationship with God? We never had this relationship before GOOD Friday!
  • We were far off from God before the cross- and through his death and blood we now have relationship
  • Heb 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
  • Only priests used to be able to enter the holy of holies and now we have that privilege through JESUS
  • What a reconciled relationship!
  • These are the stories that make great movies. The disenfranchised that are separated that are brought together. Enemies that are made friends.

Its good because it’s the blood of peace

  • Colossians 1:20  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
  • All sins forgiven. Relationship restored. Covered by his blood and held in the palm of his hand
  • What a great treasure he has given us- This is why we can  rest easy- we know whose we are
  • What a peace we can have and DO have and its GOOD.
  • Peace is so elusive to many people. Peace is an emotion but its also a thought.
  • Many people are overwhelmed with their lives and the thoughts and anxieties that reign in them
  • Guilt and shame about the past. Worry and doubt about the future
  • Good Friday is an emotional day that satisfies the emotions of mankind
  • You can have real peace about your past present and future
  • We serve a right now God that can do right now things
  • Full faith and assurance for what the future holds for you.
  • The bible promises Philippians 4:7  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • You get that peace by putting your faith and trust in Jesus
  • Picture yourself there, at the foot of the cross on the day that Jesus died
  • Mark 15:39So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”
  • Put your faith in Him. His promises. His love. His grace. His mercy

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