Today is known as Good Friday. At first glance the day does not look so good: counterfeit charges against the Savior, a pardon is exchanged for a guilty man (Barabbas) rather than the innocent man, a gruesome torture, mocking of our Savior, and finally the brutal crucifixion of our Lord. It is difficult to look upon these events as good, but they are. It is more than good that He took your place upon the cross, it is more than good that the Father’s love is perfect and sacrificial, it is more than good that your redemption is secure in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice, it is more than good to fully know that because of what happens on Friday you will see the Lord face-to-face for all eternity.
Read the following scripture from the gospel of John depicting the final moments of our Savior upon the cross. Reflect on the significance of these events and consider what is “finished” for you through Christ’s sacrifice. Spend time today in silent reflection.
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19: 28-30)