26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews. 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:26 – 43)
And so, we come to the crux of the matter, as some would say. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). As we think about current world events, a pandemic cure would be great, the eradication of poverty would be spectacular, and the end of all wars and conflicts would be phenomenal. If all these global problems were permanently solved the world would still need the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to satisfy man’s essential need. Ultimately, what the world needs is the complete payment for sin so that a right relationship with God can be restored. Just like the Jewish rulers who sneered, the Roman soldiers who mocked, and the criminal on the cross who doubted, the world doesn’t see that Jesus is the answer to their existential problem. Praise God, we know that He is and that makes today a Good Friday!
We are God’s ambassadors and through the power of the Holy Spirit we are empowered to let the world know that Jesus saves.
Please prayerfully read the passage above consider the suggestions below.
- Publicly share on our blog your gratitude for what Jesus did for you on the cross.
- Recommit to sharing the good news with your corner of the world.
April 10, 2020 at 10:56 am
Jesus you are my saviour.
Nothing is as Great or as Special as you.
He shows us that He is the Life from the beginning to the end of our time on Earth and evemore.
As a sinner I still feel this very deep hurt for ourselves for the wrong we have done but knowing that the pain we feel will be removed. This pain brings me closer and the coming joy even lovlier.
Thank you Jesus.
April 10, 2020 at 1:20 pm
Jesus – you are the creator of life, but you gave your life for me. There are insufficient words to express my gratitude, but I publicly say, “Thank you!” My deepest desire is to live my life for you.
April 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm
Thank You Lord Jesus for your gift of salvation. The greatest gift one can ever have. With you as my Lord and Savior, life is easier to journey. I’m grateful to be your child, your word is a light to my path. Thank you for completely erasing all my sins and for continuously forgiving me, giving me second chance, actually many chances to grow and mature in my faith. Your grace is amazing and your mercy overflowing. I am forever grateful for all your blessings and guidance. I love you and praise you, my creator and redeemer.
April 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm
Thank you Jesus for saving my life! Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross. Thank you for our forgiveness of sins, and showing us the supreme example of God’s Love.
April 10, 2020 at 3:14 pm
Jesus thank you for your sacrificial love, and seeking me out when I was a child. My only prayer is that my life will reveal you to persons that you place in my path.
April 10, 2020 at 7:32 pm
No doubt about it. I am grateful for Jesus’s death. I’m also happy that I made the decision years ago to accept and acknowledge Him as my savior. It is an honor to be His child, and to know that one day I will be with Him in Paradise.
April 10, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Thank you Jesus for your love to me, for dying on the cross, for saving me, for bearing my sins, for your forgiveness, for your promise that you will never forsake me. Show me each day how to always serve you.
April 10, 2020 at 11:30 pm
I am grateful that I finally understand the Holy Spirit and why Jesus had to die.
I am a sinner and feel relieved that my sins are forgiven.
I am sorry Dear Jesus you had to suffer so horribly but I guess the Father in his wisdom knows best.
I am also happy that you are always there for me.
I hope I get an A plus in your eyes.