Happy Good Friday, y’all! What a happy Friday to celebrate our Lord. Today I want to share with y’all the importance of good friday.
First of all, before I jump in, let me say that I am so thankful that it is Easter break. If you have followed me on my Instagram, you’d know that I am going home today. Although I went home for Spring Break, I was hosting a lot of my friends and so it wasn’t a true home experience, if you know what I mean. I am almost finished with Whole30, so on Monday I can finally break away and eat some yummy sweets- perfect timing, am I right? I think the first thing I am going to have is a break-up cookie. If y’all have never had them before, oh. My. Goodness. I hate to say it, but you are definitely missing out. Onto more important things, this day that we are celebrating!
Today is Good Friday and for this blog post, I wanted to just share the importance that this Good Friday has for me.
Yes, I’ve heard the story, I know the facts, but I’ve never understood the context, the facts, until this week… Yesterday in fact, as I was sitting in Panera.
If you all didn’t know, I am in Bible study at school. You might have heard of it.. Bible Study Fellowship, or known as BSF. I have been going to BSF since September as we have been studying the book of John. It is so incredible how this study planned, on purpose or not, to align Jesus’ death with Easter. What a God thing, right?!
As I was doing my BSF homework yesterday, it all clicked. The Lamb. Jesus. The crucifixion. It all clicked perfectly and made perfect sense to my narrow human mind. And holy moly, is it amazing.
If you need some background information on Good Friday, here it is.
First of all, I encourage you to crack open your bibles and read John 19.
I focus on specifically John 19:31-37 for this post, but all of it is gold.
Going back a few steps, let’s talk about Jesus. Jesus was sent by God down to Earth as fully God and fully man. He experienced life as we know it and although he never sinned, he was tempted just as we are. He was human.
Jesus, fully God and fully man, was being put on trial in John. The people were putting him on trial and as a result, Jesus died on the cross. He wasn’t forced to die on the cross, but rather, he chose to obey his father, God. He wanted to die on the cross for us. He wanted to save us. He wanted to die a physical death for all of us.
Jesus, in John 19:31-37, was hung on the cross and he died a physical death.
The part that really gets to me is when we look at the Old Testament’s prophecies. Those prophecies come true here. In the Old Testament, God foreshadows and prophesied about the Passover Lamb. When we look in Exodus 12:2-13, we see this.
“This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.”
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
Okay, yes, that is a really long passage, but I hope that you made it through the whole thing! In this passage in Exodus, it talks about how each family needs to sacrifice a lamb and smear it’s blood on the doorframe. This blood of the lamb ultimately saves the families in Israel. The lamb was slain here to save the people, and in John, Jesus IS the lamb that is slain to save US. Jesus IS the lamb. Note that the lamb to be sacrificed must be “without defect.” Jesus is that lamb. While Jesus was tempted on Earth, he never sinned.
He was the worthy lamb that was sacrificed for US. For YOU. For ME.
Jesus dies. Not only does he die on the cross, but he is speared on his side, as he sheds blood, just like the lamb. The lamb sheds blood as Jesus does. When Jesus died on the cross, it did something wonderful and powerful. Jesus’ act of dying on the cross saved us. He saved us from dying a death because now we have access to God and access to Heaven. The act of Jesus dying on the cross makes us clean, pure, white as snow because we are forgiven.
Jesus took the blame and took the weight of all of our sin.
If you look at Numbers 9:12, you will see this:
“They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations.”
The people, when Jesus is sacrificed, follow all of the regulations as if they are making a sacrfice of the lamb. They do not break any of his bones, and they follow procedure. It’s so incredible because the people beside Jesus, the men who died, had their bones broken; But Jesus didn’t.
Isaiah 53:5-6 brings this point home, how Jesus took our sin, how the prophecies become fulfilled.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
If you want some more proof, please take the time to read Zechariah 12:10 and 13:1.
Y’all, we are forgiven. Our sins are forgiven and we are free. We aren’t free or forgiven because of what we’ve done. We are forgiven because Jesus took the weight of our sin… Why did he do this? He did this out of LOVE. He loved us, He loves us, so much that he wanted us to be free. Isn’t that encouraging? The chains are broken and we are set free. We no longer have to be trapped under the weight of our sin because it is already all forgiven.
I hope y’all find some meaning in this wonderful day that Jesus died on. I hope that you can understand this deeply and learn today. Jesus loves you so much. I love y’all! Have a fun and happy weekend with friends and family!