Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Gospel John 19:1-42

“According to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God” (Jn 19:7).  Let us look to the cross of Christ to understand the truth of these words.  For the obedience of our Lord and Saviour consists not only in his suffering and death but also in the fact that he freely put himself in our place under the Law and fulfilled the Law with this obedience.  “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Heb 12:2).  

This is now regarded as our righteousness; it is our justification.  On Good Friday His total obedience led Him to the cross.  He did this for you, so that by the shedding of His blood you might have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  All of this the Son of God performed on your behalf.  As a result, God forgives your sin, considers you upright and righteous, and grants you eternal salvation.  In faith you have reconciliation with God.  In faith you are made part of His family.  It is finished, for you.

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