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Good Friday: Thank God For The Cross

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 23:27-49 KJV
(27) And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
(28) But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
(29) For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
(30) Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
(31) For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
(32) And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
(33) And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
(34) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
(35) And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
(36) And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
(37) And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
(38) And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
(39) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
(40) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
(41) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
(42) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
(43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
(44) And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
(45) And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
(46) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
(47) Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
(48) And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
(49) And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

Only a good investigator looks at a death from more then one point of view. The Four Gospels are four shared accounts of His death. With the view that not all the Gospels are the same, one must note that certain key things are. It is the key things that we can understand Jesus died for us and that worse was yet to come. Yet the old clique this morning is thank God it is Friday. To dwell on the cross to long one will only mourn greatly if the story ended with Christ death alone. The story of the veil being ripped in the temple was a symbol that there was no longer a separation between God and man. God can speak to anyone He pleases and did through out the Old Testament so why the need of the veil. Well it symbolized the separation because of sin. Does God owe the world for explanation of what He does? The truth is not really. Yet God explains things to man about the cross throughout scripture. He explains the separation from man because of sin beginning in the garden and also after the golden calf. The separation continued to be explained by a veil that hide God from man.

Do we judge God and his ways? At the least we exam the evidence before us of the story of the cross. God loved us and sent his Son to die on the cross. Yet Jesus said to the women not to weep for him, because of a time coming where people would praise God for not having children. When this occurs the end of time is coming. People thank God today for not having children. Yet I think in truth whether yesteryears or today in the modern world there been those that praise God for being childless. Jesus was childless in the since of having physical reproduction of offspring due to marriage and/sex. This was because of his cross He must bear for the whole world. Yet Jesus would bear children of spiritual faith in Him. The earth spoken of his death upon the day it happened. The sky darken there was also a recorded of earthquake and veil was ripped. The soldiers even said this man must have been a righteous man because of these events. Before his death two thieves who carried their cross beside Jesus, one to mock and the other would rebuke. The one that rebuke found acceptance and forgiveness. He was promised to be in paradise with Jesus.

The fact that God had to keep the promise of the sacrifice for sin, not only shows his power and authority but also the evidence that those who would of liked to have stopped the events unfold could not, for Jesus went willingly to the cross, and was lead like a Lamb to the slaughter. God willing gave his Son for you and me. God willing paid the price for our sin. Man need to know God was willing to pay the price for sin, yet man needed to believe. God through word/Son prophetically would keep all He said, and yet would not require us to pay the price of eternal death any longer.

Punishment for sin is death, but not eternal death. We will all face death but not all will remain dead, some will go on to paradise if they believe. God never intend man to go to hell, but man made his choice with Adam sin, but now has the choice to make a new choice through faith in Jesus. We can not deny that if salvation came only through obedience we all be lost and going to hell. God admits to not creating us perfect and man admits his imperfection. Jesus dying on the cross paid for yours and mine sin. Jesus said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Did His word remind God of our humanity. No I think it was done for our benefit and not the benefit of God. Jesus said also Father I commend my Spirit to You.

Jesus death was a good thing, though for only a few hours did the devil think he had won the victory. Yet with his death proclamation of his righteousness was declared by man. Did man weep, did man mourn that hour, scripture is unclear, but we know there would have been more to worry about as the dead rose after the quake and went into Jerusalem recorded in Matthew. Jesus has the key to over come sin and death. Jesus also set the captives free. Things physically demonstrated through the resurrection of dead as well as Christ own resurrection on the third day. There is account of a dead man raising in the story of Elijah death. His body thrown in a tomb of a man that had died and the anointing of God was so great on the prophet that the man rose up out of the grave. Why should it be a surprise that Matthew would record it, but Luke fearful to recorded it beyond the story of the man being in paradise that was hanging on the cross beside Jesus. Maybe Luke just was not present and so he felt he could not record that event and perhaps it because Luke is written to the gentiles and not the Jews. Jews would of believed it and the gentiles would of tested the theory if anyone else rose from the dead after dying perhaps. Something would never be normal occurrence.

The point being Christ death glorified because He paid the price for mankind and the story needs to be told according to all four Gospels. Jesus death, would be hope for eternal life. Let us thank the Lord for the cross Jesus had to bear for us. That we know His love for us.

Dear Heavenly Father thank for the cross of Calvary that Jesus bore for all mankind, to take away the separation caused by our sin. Purify our hearts through your word. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 27:50-54 KJV
(50) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
(51) And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
(52) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
(53) And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
(54) Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.


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