I’m trying to find words to even begin to grasp the importance and weight of the day that split time in half. The day that changed the universe for eternity. The day that was planned by God since the beginning of time. The day that God Himself would bear the sins of every person. This is the day that the King would say “it is finished.”
After the book of Malachi God waited 400 years for the perfect time to come to Earth as a son. To restore what had been broken for thousands of years. God walked on this Earth knowing His purpose, He knew that He would be beaten, spit on, rejected, and die. He would fulfill over 300 prophecies made about Him. He would shed His innocent blood for the mistakes of every other person.
Jesus had to die because the wages of sin is death. If He wanted to remove our sins He had to make a sufficient sacrifice. Hebrews 10:4 says that the blood of animals was not sufficient to take away sins, it could cover sin for a short time, but never take sin away. Only the blood of a perfect, sinless, human has the power to remove our sin. When God looks at you now He doesn’t see you’re covered up sin, it wasn’t just swept under the rug, it was completely removed from who we are. Jesus died while we were, past tense, sinners. God did not forgive the debt that we owed for sin, which is death. Jesus paid in full our debt. All we need to do is accept the payment He already made. If we don’t accept His payment we put responsibility on ourselves to pay the debts of our sins, which is eternal death.
The writer of Hebrews explains that without the shedding of blood there is no remission, forgiveness, or cancellation of sin (Hebrews 9:22). There is nothing in the universe that can take away any of our sin, no amount of good deeds, kindness, good intentions, or apologies can take away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can. So when we choose to kneel before the cross, we are able to let the blood of Jesus wash away every sin, past, present, and future. When we do that we are more forgiven than possible, from every sin. When we kneel at the feet of Jesus, He perfects us forever (Hebrews 10:14).
He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26
The moment that Jesus hung on the cross He defeated death. In the very same chapter that Adam and Eve fell in sin God spoke of His plan for redemption. Genesis 3:15 is the first sign of the Good News, the first sign of God’s plan for our redemption. “He will crush, or strike, your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The day that Jesus was nailed to the cross His heel was bruised, but pay attention to where the bottom of the cross was driven into the ground, a place called Golgotha, or Calvary. Golgotha is Aramaic for “place of the skull” and Calvary is Latin for skull. The very cross that was used to kill the King was the very same cross that was driven into the ground, crushing the skull, crushing the head of Satan, defeating the power of death. Hanging on the cross, Jesus was literally standing above death.
“I am the Living One. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” Revelation 1:18
That is why Friday is Good Friday. Death was defeated, our sins were washed away, the prophecies of our redemption were fulfilled. God died so that we wouldn’t need to, He died so that our debt would be fully paid. And He could have stopped there, but Sunday He would be brought back to life so that we can spend eternity living with Him! So many people leave Jesus on the cross and forget to live the life He intended for us. Today, remember His sacrifice. Remember that when Jesus said “it is finished” He meant it!