This week we have walked together through all that Jesus’ experienced during Holy Week. Today is Good Friday. This is the day that our Lord was executed for us. For our sins. For our mistakes. For all that we have done or will do.
He suffered so we could come home. He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our sins. The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him. And by His wounds we are healed.
On this day. The story is found in all the Gospels, but you can read through John’s account in chapters 18-19. There are so many things today that are worthy of our attention, but I want us today to read this account of Jesus death. Listen to verses 28-30:
28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
The creator became human (the Word became flesh and lived among us) and allowed humanity to abuse. Mock. Spit upon. Laugh at. Abandon. Betray. Revile. All of theses, God allowed these things to happen to Jesus.
So that we could be forgiven.
We can’t forget that. We just can’t. We can’t forget what He has done. We can’t take advantage of it. We can’t disregard it. We can’t turn the cross into what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace:”
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Today, take time to remember. Take time to grieve. Take time to pray. To focus. To know what He did for you and for me.
It’s Good Friday.
But for those of you that know me, you also know this. SUNDAY IS COMING!
It’s dark now. But Sunday’s coming. Oh, y’all, Sunday is coming.
If you’re around the Jackson area, we’d love to have you worship with us tonight, Good Friday, at 6 p.m. for our Good Friday Service here at St. Matthew’s.
And then. . . Sunday. Easter. 8:30 and two services at 11. Come join us!