Month: March 2018

Good Friday: The King is Crucified

Revival Bible Study

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, ‘This man is calling Elijah.’ And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. (Matthew 27:45–50)

From Radical:

As we reflect on Christ’s death and what He accomplished for us, at least two truths are worth meditating on. First, the cross reminds us of the magnitude of our sin…

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Sin Didn’t Kill Jesus—God Did

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March 28, 2018

A Shocking Truth

The reality of Christ’s vicarious, substitutionary death on our behalf is the heart of the gospel according to God—the central theme of Isaiah 53.

We must remember, however, that sin did not kill Jesus; God did. The suffering servant’s death was nothing less than a punishment administered by God for sins others had committed. That is what we mean when we speak of penal substitutionary atonement. Again, if the idea seems shocking and disturbing, it is meant to be. Unless you recoil from the thought, you probably haven’t grasped it yet. “Our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). This is one of the major reasons the gospel is a stumbling block to Jews, and it’s sheer foolishness as far as Gentiles are concerned (1 Cor. 1:23). “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, [the message of Christ crucified embodies both]…

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Seven Good Words: The Work Jesus Did on the Cross

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. . . they crucified him . . .
— Luke 23:33 —

For six hours Jesus body hung on the cross. Nailed to the tree, another crucified enemy of the state, Jesus labored to breathe as pain racked his body and mockers filled the air with vitriol. Tempted by Satan one last time to save himself (see the words in Luke 23:35, 37, 39), Jesus remained, inching closer death. Still, the end of Jesus’ life was not a passive surrender to the inevitable. Just the opposite, it was the climax of his earthly labor.

Indeed, Luke only uses three words to speak of his crucifixion. He revels not in the physical agony Jesus experienced. Rather, the good doctor focuses on what the cross meant. His testimony is a work of theology, not autopsy. For him, the importance of Jesus’s death was not found in the physical pain, but in…

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Why is Friday so Good?

A Mountain of Faith

WHY IS FRIDAY SO GOOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Is. 53:6 NKJV

Good Friday is often overshadowed by Easter Sunday, but it is the day we reflect on the cross. That old rugged cross which represents love, grace and mercy. It was a day of violence, bloodshed and death, but Jesus rose from the grave three days later to triumph over sin, death, and Satan.

We are sinners, and our holy and just God requires a penalty to be paid for sin. It can never be paid through any amount of good works. Only by the sinless Son of God.

Jesus Christ paid our sin debt on that cross. It is the only way we can be saved. When sinners place their…

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