Good Friday ....
the day God was CRUCIFIED
for man's GOOD!

Mark 15:37-38
37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Light from the Word.

This story is for wimpy people who bemoan every little injustice.
This story is also for strong people who cherish seeing a
very strong person.

Jesus endured a mock trial at night.
(Judaism didn't have trials at night!)

He endured being spat upon, cursed, being beaten with a rod,
His beard and hair being plucked out by vicious hands.

Then, he endured mocking, ridicule, and being beaten with a
"cat o' nine tails"!
(39 lashes with that weapon is almost like having your back skinned
while you are alive!)

They put a crown of thorns over his head, and pulled it down strongly!

Then Jesus was made to carry a 500 pound cross through the streets,
and up to the hill called a "skull."

And, there -- they hung Him on the most cruel instrument of death
ever known to man - the Roman cross!

The position on that cross demanded that a person LIFT himself
just to breathe.
Most people hung there until the muscles gave out, the tendons tore,
the bones popped out of joint, and they eventually suffocated.

But not Jesus!
Jesus died of a broken heart!

For all of this is what man's sin did to God!!

At 3:00pm on the fourteenth day of the first month in the Jewish calendar,
the High Priest was to offer a lamb for the people.

It was at THAT precise time, Jesus died.
And, "the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to
the bottom!!!"

It is certainly not GOOD that man would crucify God!
But it IS good that God's heart has enough love to DIE for man!

No longer would little lambs be needed for sacrifices!
No longer would men have need of a "High Priest" to go before the
"mercy seat" for them.

The way was now open for EVERY person to come to God!!

JESUS opened that way!!
HE is man's High Priest!!

And THAT is why it is called "Good Friday!"

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce