When Good Friday comes, we are always confronted with the question, “How can the death of the one Jesus Christ be redemption for all?”
That question, especially from a non-believer’s point-of-view, is usually followed with another question, “Why the crucifixion of Jesus Christ more than 2000 years ago has relevance and an important impact in our lives today?”
That’s one question I published on my From Worry to Glory blog many years ago.
With those questions, I’m not looking for a long, highly theological, historical, Hebrew and Greek word study answer. Following the simplicity and humility of God in Jesus Christ, I’m looking for simple practical answers.
Here are seven short Good Friday reflections on how the death of Jesus Christ is redemption for us all.
1. Our sins separates us from God by Terrence
Our sins separate us from God. God is Holy, and hence everything he created is good. Anything that is not good cannot exist in His creation.
Jesus came as the sacrificial lamb to cover our sins. But more than that, he showed us the way to the Father, in that by His Grace, he empowers us to once again have complete faith in Him by dying to ourselves, losing our belief that we can make superior choices, and being reborn in Christ Jesus, restoring complete faith in His goodness and allow His laws and commandments to be the guide for all our choices.
This continues to be relevant now since the sin of unbelief still plagues us. We must hence follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to die to ourselves, and be reborn into a new life of complete faith in the goodness of God.
2. The relevance of the crucifixion by Jones
The crucifixion’s relevance was that He was made flesh, a human flesh that can feel the pain of crucifixion just like an ordinary man. During the Roman Empire, a penalty of death by crucifixion was just a normal duty of the centurion in charge.
But what was important was the resurrection that gave assurance of salvation and the meaning of life, a life worth living because He lives.
3. A blessed resurrection by Felix
A blessed Resurrection! Every year we commemorate the triumph of life and the precious sacrifice of Christ, that ultimate proves that through the life exhibited by Christ we have received the greatest assurance in life.
In all of human life and in every generation, death is the ultimate question that has not been answered.
Thank God for the coming and manifestation of Jesus Christ in human form, that through Him we have an advocate to the Creator God.
Jesus Christ came in human flesh and lived amongst us, not only to understand our ordeal but to reassure us, that while we may experience death which is the last enemy to conquer, we have a great assurance that we will have eternal life (John 3:16).
Through the Death of Jesus Christ, “all who believe in Him” have already received the gift of life and the assurance of Glory.
As the songwriter Bill Gaither puts it in these words…” because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because He lives, all fear is gone; because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
4. The relevance of the crucifixion of Jesus by Melvin
The relevance of the crucifixion of Jesus is understandable if it is connected to His resurrection. Both the crucifixion and resurrection events confront some basic issues in life, like fear of life or death.
It is in these realities that resurrection gives us meaning and hope. In the crucifixion of Jesus, we see that suffering has still a purpose and meaning.
But its relevance makes sense if personal faith in God is present. For me, these are just some of the existential issues that the historical event of crucifixion can confront in our lives.
5. Once is enough by Robert
Awesome questions, and the answer is that sometimes, once is enough. Only one time will there be someone who is the first to step on to the surface of the moon.
Only once did my wife and I need to stand up and commit our lives to each other. Only once were each of our children born into this world and into our families.
Only once did a person have to finally put the laws of physics and flight together to lift an airplane of the earth to allow others to gain the benefit universally.
After much experimentation, Thomas Edison found the right filament, but only once did he ignite the incandescent bulb that allowed him to light the whole world.
You see, Christ was the only begotten Son of God who was born once, lived once, taught once and died and was resurrected once, to bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18 says, “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.” The Bible is clear that “once” is enough “for all who believe.”
6. Recognising my sinfulness and my need for a Saviour by Jonan
Recognising my sinfulness and the fact that I cannot do anything of my will and effort to cleanse me from all unrighteousness make Jesus Christ relevant and important.
As if my spirit was like an old rusty and squeaky wheel in need of repair and replacement.
And through the cleansing blood of Jesus, I am now redeemed, renewed and truly living.
Acknowledging my need for a Saviour, I found the answer to the question.
7. He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need by Dottie Rambo
The lyrics of “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need” a song Dottie Rambo wrote in 1967 and her most popular song, express my sentiments so well that I’m always touched listening and singing this song.
Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,
For it was grace that brought my liberty;
I do not know just why He came to love me so,
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.
I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross where Jesus died for me,
How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul;
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.