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Good Friday

Good Friday

April 14, 2017


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it address the person who is: Empty, lonely, guilty, or afraid to die?  Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision Is the church loved? Regular:  2900 words    Communion: 2500 words  Video=75wpm

“He bore my sin”


Say it with me, “HE bore my sin”

Jesus is the One who died for me. Just who is He?

He is eternal. He has always existed.

(Micah 5:2 NKJV) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

He is God. John described Jesus as the “Word”, the logos

(John 1:1–3 NKJV) —1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
He is God.  He is our Creator.

He is glorious. Jesus the eternal one had great glory in heaven.  The night before He died, Jesus prayed,

(John 17:5 NKJV) And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Sinless. Peter called Him …

(1 Peter 1:19 NLT) the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Incarnate. Paul described Jesus putting on human flesh, going from eternity in heaven to earth.

(Philippians 2:6–8 NLT) —6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Savior. We know why Jesus entered our earthly world and took on human flesh.  Jesus said,

(Luke 19:10 NKJV) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus took on human flesh and died on the cross to save us from our sins.

This is the One who bore our sins.


Say it with me, “He BORE my sin”

Jesus’ death took place during the celebration of the Passover.

The Passover remembered the time with God delivered the Jews from slavery.  Each family would sacrifice a lamb and puts its blood on their house’s doorposts.  The angel of death would “pass over” the house.

That would one day be a picture of Jesus the Lamb of God dying so we wouldn’t face judgment.

The Samaritans still practice celebrate the Passover with the slaughter of lambs.

Video:  SourceFlix – The Passover Lamb

Isaiah wrote,

(Isaiah 53:5 NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

My Sin

Say it with me, “He bore MY SIN

In the movie “The Robe”, a Roman soldier named Marcellus was at the crucifixion, and when the soldiers gambled to win the robe that Jesus was wearing, Marcellus won the robe. 

Through the movie Marcellus struggles with the guilt of having crucified Jesus.  Then he meets the apostle Peter.

Video:  The Robe – Peter and Marcellus – “I crucified Him” (1:31-1:33)

I think it’s healthy for us all to say as Marcellus did, “I crucified Him”.

After all, He died for our sins.
He died for my sins.

In the movie “The Passion of the Christ”, Mel Gibson laid out one of the most graphic and accurate depictions of the crucifixion.

Video:  The Passion – Jesus nailed to the cross_sm

Mel Gibson did something unusual in the scene where Jesus was being nailed to the cross.

Mel stopped the action and had his own hand in the shot, holding the nail as it was about to be driven into Jesus’ hand.

I need to learn to “identify” with the cross.

Those are my hands holding the nail, holding the hammer.

Those are MY sins on the cross.

How do I respond to all of this?



Video:  Crowder – Forgiven
John recorded Jesus’ last words before dying,
(John 19:30 NKJV) So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

The words “It is finished” speak of a debt being paid in full.

When He died, your debt was paid.  All of it.

He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.

John also wrote,
(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When you confess your sin to Him, He does the “just” thing and forgives you.

It’s “just” for Him to forgive you because He has paid for you.

For some of you, you did something a long time ago and even though you’ve confessed it to God, you continue to beat yourself up.

There is no need for this.

Your debt has been paid.

Receive your forgiveness.  Thank Him for His forgiveness.



For some of us, we need to take a good long look at any sin we may be currently trapped in.
It’s a big deal that Jesus paid for our sins.
That current sin is a part of why He was on the cross.
Just like the song we sang a few minutes ago, I need to realize that

“it was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished”

It wasn’t nails that held Him on the cross, it was love.

His love for you demanded that He die in your place.

Paul identified with the cross in such a way that it changed the way he lived.
(Galatians 2:20 NKJV) I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Turn from your sin.  Make every effort to stop it.

Let Him help you stop.  He died to free you from sin.