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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Mar 30

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 3:08:12 AM  RssIcon

Good Friday is a commemoration of the day of the immense suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. So why call it good?
Because it is a crucial day that celebrates the most significant moment in the history of the world.
 
Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross of Jesus to be the turning point for all people, and even more so for all believers in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along through the ages. (1 Corinthians 15:3).  We remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10).
 
Before we understand the good news of the gospel, we have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we have been oppressed by the consequences of sin.
 
Good Friday is “good” because as horrifying as the suffering of Jesus was, it had to happen for us to be able to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God came upon Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be given to his people.
The day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was an act of God to redeem us from the burden of sin.
 
On Good Friday we learn that God’s wrath met his mercy and grace at the cross.
 
Good Friday is “good” because the suffering of Jesus brought us the joy of salvation, his death brought us eternal life and his sacrifice absolved us from our guilt.
And it is good, because without Good Friday, there would have been no Easter Sunday!
 
When Jesus was a child, every Hebrew child was taught to pray, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Mary certainly taught Jesus this prayer when he was still a toddler. Now the Son of God, climaxing his ministry on the cross, prays these words again. Jesus greets this phase of his life in the words of a prayer he learned from his mother: "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
 
When Jesus died, he did not speak some great, philosophical wisdom. When he left this world to enter Paradise, Jesus spoke a childhood prayer. The shadows have lengthened and the end has come, Jesus died. The Son is going home. "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
 
Jesus was in the hands of sinful men. But now he would go to his Father. The Father who had forsaken him, forsook him no longer.
 
The Father who punished him for our sins, finished punishing him. He does not die the death of a criminal. He went through hell for our sake, but his redemption work was finished. His Father condemned him no longer.
In the end, the Father was there, and into his hands Jesus could commit his spirit. Learn of Jesus how to die; how to go to Paradise: By sincerely committing your spirit into the Father’s hand. 

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