Summary: On this Good Friday, we are going to meditate upon Christ’s Words from the Cross, with the prayer that they will reveal to us something of the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus.
GOOD FRIDAY – SEVEN WONDERFUL WORDS
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
CHRONOLOGY OF GOOD FRIDAY:
1:00 am Jesus’ Prayer and Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
1:30 am Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested.
2:00 am Trial 1: Irregular, unauthorized trial at Annas’ house. (Annas = ex-high priest
of the Jews). (John 18:13-23).
3:00 am Trial 2: Unofficial trial at Caiaphas’ palace. They asked Jesus, “Are you the
Christ?” He said, “I am.” Then Jesus was mocked, beaten and spat upon. He is
6:00 am Trial 3: Formal, official trial before Sanhedrin in their chamber. (Sanhedrin =
6:30 am Trial 4: First interrogation by Pilate. (Pilate = governor of Judea). Pilate says,
7:00 am Trial 5: Audience / mockery before Herod Antipas. Herod put a robe on Jesus
and mocked him (Herod = governor of Galilee). (Luke 23:8-12).
7:30 am Trial 6: Final judgment of Pilate. Pilate wants to let him go but they demand
8:00 am Jesus is scourged by the Roman soldiers in the Praetorium (court). He is
9:00 am Jesus forced to carry his cross, then He is crucified.
12:00 noon Momentous final three hours on the cross. (All Gospels).
3:00 pm The Death of Jesus. (All Gospels).
BIG IDEA: On this Good Friday, we are going to meditate upon Christ’s Words from the Cross, with the prayer that they will reveal to us something of the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus.
QUOTE: “It is fitting that every word of our Lord upon the cross should be gathered up and preserved. (They) have frequently been the subject of devout meditation.” (Charles Spurgeon).
1. THE FIRST WORD: FORGIVENESS:
“Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).
• The first word speaks FORGIVENESS to us. Amazing grace!
• The Good News of the Gospel – through Jesus death on the Cross, we are forgiven!
2. THE SECOND WORD: SALVATION & HOPE:
“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” (Luke 23:39-44).
• This second word speaks HOPE – it’s never too late, and no one is ever too far gone!
• If you’re believing God for the salvation of a family member, never give up.
3. THE THIRD WORD: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS:
“Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Woman, he is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “She is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:25-27).
• This third word speaks about the importance of FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
4. THE FOURTH WORD: SUBSTITUTION:
“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46).
• This fourth word speaks of SUBSTITUTION. On the Cross, Jesus became our substitute, took our sin upon Him, gave us His righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21).
• Because God forsook Jesus on the Cross, God will never leave or forsake us!
5. THE FIFTH WORD: HUMANITY AND SUFFERING:
“Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I thirst.” (John 19:28-29).
• This fifth word is a picture of the HUMANITY OF JESUS.
• Because God became a man in the person of Jesus, He got hungry, tired, and thirsty
• “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16).