THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Jesus “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom 4:25)
Why is it called “Good” Friday?
Because that’s the day the GOOD GOD
paid in His OWN BLOOD for sinful man’s atonement!
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 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.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
The punishment of mankind upon God in the flesh was actually the punishment that God should have imposed upon mankind!
Mankind, Hebrews and Gentiles alike, assumed that Jesus received punishment that was DUE Him!
They considered that the events of beatings and crucifixion came upon Him because He said He was God in flesh, and was a "blasphemer"! (John 10:33)
But it was not what it seemed!
MESSIAH, prophesied Isaiah, "was wounded..." and "..bruised" for OUR sake! (See Isaiah 53:4 above)
God took upon Himself the punishment that He had rightly judged for mankind.
THIS IS FORGIVENESS AT ITS PINNACLE!
Consider this example.
When a person does something wrong to you, then comes and asks forgiveness, that person must accept HUMILITY in order to plead with you.
He must pay a price to receive forgiveness -- that price is humility.
But YOU are the one who must pay the price of the FORGIVENESS!
It is YOU who must agree to set the incident aside and never bring it up again.
Therefore, God Himself came in flesh in order to PAY THAT PRICE for you and me!!
Only God can pay the righteous price to God for mankind's sins!
He paid the price of forgiveness FOR us!
Thus God DEMONSTRATED His love and willingness to forgive.
"For God commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
In order to receive "peace" with God, sinners must pay a PRICE.
But we cannot pay a price that God will accept because nothing we can pay is OURS.
It all belongs to God!
Therefore, the "peace" that we can receive with God MUST come through Christ's vicarious payment.
For Jesus to be CHRIST, MESSIAH, SAVIOR, ATONEMENT, PROPITIATION,
He must FIRST be LORD!
For Jesus to be your Savior,
you must first surrender to Him as LORD!