“Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him
stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our
transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us
peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone
astray, each of us has turned to His own way; and the LORD has laid con Him the
iniquity of us all” – Isaiah 53:4-6 NIV.

29 th March, 2024 is Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of
Jesus Christ. On that day, over two thousand years ago, Jesus was crucified in a very
cruel way. It was a painful death but it was also dramatic, symbolic and fulfillment of
prophecy. On that day darkness covered the earth for three hours! And the curtain that
separated the Holy Place from the rest of the Temple was torn into two, from top to
bottom so that we could have complete access to God. Jesus by His suffering on the
cross, bridged the gap between us and the Holy God.

  1. The Cross Manifests God’s Love: But God demonstrated His love for us in this: while
    we were still sinners, Christ died for us – Romans 5:8 (NIV)
  2. The Cross Manifests God’s Justice:
    “But now God has shown us a different way of being right in His sight – not by obeying
    the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in
    God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be
    saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have
    sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in His gracious kindness
    declares us not guilty (we are justified). He has done this through Christ Jesus, who
    has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for
    our sins and satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we
    believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us. God was being entirely fair
    and just when He did not punish those who sinned in former times. And He is entirely
    fair and just in this present time when He declares sinners to be right in His sight
    because they believe in Jesus” – Romans 3:21-26 (NLT)
  3. The Cross Manifests the Wisdom and Power of God:
    “I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the
    road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very
    power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy human wisdom and discard their
    most brilliant ideas.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the
    world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their
  4. wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world
  5. would never find Him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to
  6. save to save all who believe. God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want
  7. a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they
  8. believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was
  9. crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those
  10. called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God
  11. and the wonderful wisdom of God. This “foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the
  12. wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human
  13. strength” – 1 Cor. 1:18 -25 (NLT)
  14. The Cross Manifests the Victory of God Over the Forces of Evil:
    “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut
    away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the
    record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it
    to Christ’s cross. In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed
    them publicly by His victory over them on the cross of Christ” – Col. 2:13-15; Heb.
    14:15; 2 Tim. 1:10 (NLT)
  15. The Cross Achieved Forgiveness of Sins.
    “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut
    away. Then god made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins” – Col. 2:13 (NLT)
    “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised from the dead to
    make us right with God” – Romans 4:25 (NLT)
  16. The Cross Achieved Justification, Peace with God and Access into God’s Grace:
    “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with
    God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ
    has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we
    confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory” – Romans 5:1-3 (NLT)
  17. Achieved Reconciliation between God and Man and Gives Man the Ministry of
    “All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to Himself through what
    Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him” – 2 Cor. 5:18
  18. The Cross Achieved for Jesus the Name above all Names at which Every Knee Bow
    and Tongue Should Confess that Jesus is Lord.
    “And in human form He obediently humbled Himself even further by dying a criminal’s
    death on a cross. Because of this, God raised Him up to the heights of heaven and
    gave Him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every
  19. knee will bow, in heaven and on earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ
  20. is Lord, to the glory of God the Father – Phil. 2:9-11 (NLT)
  22. Celebrate the feast not with old yeast of malice and wickedness but with bread
    without yeast: sincerity and truth.
    “Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival,
    not by eating the old bread of wickedness and evil, but by eating the new bread of
    purity and truth”– 1 Cor. 5:7 b -8 (NLT)
  23. Hold Firm Faith and Approach the Throne of Grace with Confidence.
    “That is why we have a great High priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of
    God. Let us cling to Him and never stop trusting Him. This High Priest of ours
    understands our weakness, for He faced all of the same temptations we do, yet He did
    not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will
    receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it” – Hebrews 4:14-
    16 (NLT)

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