“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-2, 14).
The Apostle Paul explained how “…God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh;…” (Romans 8:2–4).
There is probably no greater celebration in our lifetime than to give thanks to God who give is the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:4, 11-12).
Every day we must keep focused on King Jesus’ victory on the cross at Calvary (Luke 23:33); and to keep our aim on our reward of inheritance which he is bringing at the end of time (Revelation 22:12).
Right now, go to any internet portal, and without any doubt there will be hardly or nothing mentioned about Jesus Christ: Why is this? After all, he gave his life for the sins of the world!
Jesus expressed of the world, saying: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:18-19).
“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47). “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
Jesus’ disciple reminds us, said: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
As long as we are in this world on this earth, we will never be free of problems, whether we have one dollar, one million dollars, or one billion dollars; we will have problems! As a matter of fact, we would not be free.
The life free of problems is not on this earth.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Romans 8:12-13).
Many people to this day, sadly enough, still do not believe that there was a person on this earth named Jesus, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-18).
However, for those who do not believe, look back at the faith of one of the transgressors next to Jesus on the day of his crucifixion. He said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Jesus said to him, “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
Just as the promise was made to the transgressor, so too before the end of the Last Day, all those who are called and chosen in the Kingdom of God, the faithful of God’s elect, will be given passage to Paradise to inherit the world without end (Matthew 25:31–34).
God sent his only begotten Son to this earth “to make all people see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:9–11).
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21–22).
Now, therefore, “as the only way to get the things that are eternal is through Jesus Christ who died for us; for this purpose then we should live unto him and not unto ourselves” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
We must ALL stop to seriously consider how even after his death, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God did not have a funeral, and had to be secretly buried.
As it is written:
“And after this Joseph of Arimathæa, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand” (John 19:38-42).
“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God”’ (Mark 15:33-34. 38-39).
Jesus was crucified along with two thieves. It was customary after a crucifixion to break the legs; however, “when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs; but, one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:33–34).
“And he that saw it bare record and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe” (John 19:35).
This record of blood and water which came out of the pierced side of Jesus is significant as spoken of by John when he asked, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and is truth” (1 John 5:5–6).
Every day of our lives when we drink a glass of water especially when we are thirty, let us be reminded how much our Lord Jesus sacrificed for us on that day.
On the day our Lord Jesus was crucified, it was a very hot day. As he suffered in the heat assuredly he needed a drink of water; however, “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink” (Matthew 27:34).
Good Friday: Repentance
Every human alive today would be wise to come to repentance of sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and King. The prophet Isaiah foretold of the day of Jesus’ crucifixion when he said:
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting” (Isaiah 50:6).
On the day that our Lord, Savior and King was crucified, he endured unimaginable things at the hands of the roman soldiers who mocked, scourge and spit on him (Mark 10:24).
“And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Prætorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him” (Mark 15:16-20).
We must take a moment of silence in prayer this Good Friday to acknowledge the magnitude of God’s love for humankind (John 1:1-4, 14, 3:16-18). It doesn’t matter who we are in this world, if we want to be freed from this earth on the Last Day to make it to the next world without an end in New Heavens and a New Earth (Isaiah 65:17-18) (John 3:16-18, 14:2–3) (Ephesians 3:9-12) (2 Peter 3:13) (Revelation 21:1-2), the word of God says:
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-5,7).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6).