Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. Matthew 27:50-51

This is what happened on "good" Friday 2019 years ago.  Historically on that day the sky went black from noon to 3 p.m.  An earthquake was caused the world to shake.  Rock broke open.   The temple, the place of worship for the Jews of that day, housed a little room called the Holy of Holies. In that room the priest would go in  to ask for forgiveness for the sins of the people.  The little room was separated from all the rest of the temple by a curtain.  That is the curtain that was torn from top to bottom.  Torn from Heaven to earth.

According to Christian views the veil torn shows that man no more needs to go to the priest for forgiveness.  Christ offers that freely to those who ask.  The priest no longer needs to interceed for the people because Christ offers access to God for everyone who desires that relationship.

Christ was not killed that day...He gave up His spirit.  He decided to die for the people He loved.  He chose the cross. He chose a rough road for our sakes.

Why do we call it "good" Friday?  It was a gruesome day of torture for Jesus and for the two men who hung on crosses on either side of Christ.  Yet is it called good because Christ did the greatest good that day by offering His life so we could live eternally with God.

You are free to believe whatever you want of course.  I enjoy discusses other's beliefs.

But this is what I believe.

Enjoy your Good Friday.

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach