"Then one of the Twelve [apostles], who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?' And they weighed out for and paid to him thirty pieces of silver [about twenty-one dollars and sixty cents]. And from that moment he sought a fitting opportunity to betray Him."
(Matthew 26:14-16, AMP)
So on this day, Jesus was betrayed and crucified. He was rendered "guilty" of every false accusation against Him. Those who heard of Him cried out that He may be crucified. They waited with excitement and anticipation to see the brutal murder of Jesus. They desired to see His blood splattered upon their faces and the faces of their children.
They stripped Him of His clothes, revealed His nakedness, and made sport of Him. They spat on Him, struck Him on the head, flogged and whipped Him. They nailed His hands and feet to the cross ... taking pleasure while He screamed in agony. They abused Him, taunted Him, and wagged their fingers at Him. All without cause. All for a meager $21.60.
So what's so good about "Good Friday"? Good Friday is good because we were like Judas. Betraying God with our sins and wickedness. We were like the people, screaming to see His crucifixion. Believing that He was but a mere man ...a prophet ... a good teacher. When He died on the cross on this day, He said, "It is finished."
This is the good news. This is why we call it good Friday. Because "It is finished." When He died on the cross, He took on your sin so that you may be free ... It is finished. He was crucified so the debt you owe may be canceled ... It is finished. He was whipped so that through the blood of Jesus you may be forgiven of all unrighteousness ... It is finished. He rose again that you too may rise again at your burial. IT ... IS ... FINISHED.
"For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit..."
(1 Peter 3:18, AMP)
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .