The message of Good Friday–
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”—John 9:30
Those three words spoken by Jesus, “It is finished,” means our debt has been paid. Jesus lived a perfect life, suffered a brutal death on a cross and did it for you and me. We are the ones who deserve that death, but God sent His only Son to shed His blood to pay for our sins.
That’s a message that needs to be heard today more than ever. Everywhere you look around, you’ll see the evil and wickedness in this world. We’re witnessing the fall of civilization where gender has no meaning, child groomers are able to openly promote their deviancy in schools and parents keep sending their kids, the American abortion holocaust, Big Pharmakeia pushes deadly medications and profits from it and governments create “viruses” to take more control and appease the false god of science.
“I want each official in Trump and Biden admin who made decisions to be investigated and if they made sound ones, let them alone to live life and pension,” Alexander writes. “If it is shown their decisions caused deaths, especially of children, we must strip them of all income, take back all the money made, and imprison them, imprison them all!”
Yes, justice is needed. But more importantly, what’s needed now is a pronouncement of the gospel, the real gospel.
And the message of the gospel is for these criminals. Although I want to see justice, I also want them to know that the gift of eternal life is still offered to them if they repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Savior.
The message of Good Friday–
But that message is also for the fallen American church. Certainly, this doesn’t apply to every single church in America, but I believe it applies to the vast majority. That is that the American church is pushing a false gospel, one that paints God as all loving while ignoring His wrath and anger. One that promotes love of self instead of love of God. These churches produce those who Jesus tells (Matthew 7:23), “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
Let’s get something clear, God’s love is offered to everyone but given to only those who accept it. God hates idolaters (Deuteronomy 16:21-211), the “hands that shed innocent blood,” (Proverbs 6:16-19) and those proud of their sins (Proverbs 16:18) just to name a few.
A majority of self-described “born-again Christians,” 70%, reject Jesus’ statement that He’s “the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6), according to recent polls. They believe people of other religions can make it to Heaven. They are sorely mistaken, and they need to repent lest they be destined for the same eternal fate as those other religions that reject Jesus.
C.S. Lewis wrote in the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.”
The fact is that America has rejected God. The American churches (most) have abandoned the Bible. Still, hope is there. All true believers have the assurance of eternal life, no matter how bad things get in this life. And, if the true believers boldly and unequivocally stand on the true gospel, we may see change for the better in this life.
And today, Good Friday, is the day to remember what Jesus did for us. Jesus lived a perfect life for 33 years while none of us has lived a perfect day. We deserve the punishment Jesus took on that cross. If you accept that gift, you repent and turn from your sins, then by God’s grace and trough faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can be saved.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”—Romans 5:6-10
The message of Good Friday