Good Friday is such an important, beautiful day. It’s the day that we humbly reflect on how undeserving we are. How a loving and magnificent God saw it fit to send His son to die for unworthy people just so that He could dwell with us again. It was always His intention to know us. The scarlet thread of God’s love for man is woven throughout the Bible. It’s the thing. It’s what the entire Bible is about, a Creator wanting to reconnect with His creation. That’s what Good Friday represents, the act of being brought near through the blood of Christ.
There are several Scriptures that I like to reflect on on Good Friday. They remind me of the significance of the sacrifice, the importance of Good Friday to how we worship now. I just thought I would take you on this journey with me…
37. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
How significant this is! Christ dying on the cross removed the veil in the temple. The very thing that kept us from being able to access God directly. The thing that kept our humanness away from His holiness was removed by the act of the cross. The temple was full of barriers because sinful people could only get so close to a holy God.
While we were sinners Christ died for us.
Sin kept us from having direct access to God. Everything had to go through sacrifice (more on that in a bit). We have all sinned, we are all sinners, but Christ died for us anyway. He knew it was the only way for us to be able to have access to God again. He knew that dying for us was the only way to remove that barrier.
Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them.
I really encourage you to go read all of Exodus 25-31. It lays out all the rules and regulations for appropriate sacrifice and the laws for being able to approach God. It always shakes me. It always makes me realize the depth of the wall of sin that separated us from God. It makes the depth of why Jesus had to come that much more real. He was the only perfect sacrifice. Without Jesus, without the works of the cross, we would not have the relationship with God that we are allowed today.
11. When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
12. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.(Emphasis added by author)
Christ was it. He was the final sacrifice. He entered the Holy Place through his blood and gained our redemption. No more goats, no more lambs, no more sacrifices of gold and silver and fine linen, no more going to God through the high priest. Jesus came as the high priest so that God would not have to dwell in a tabernacle, he could dwell in us.
But now in Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
We couldn’t get to God, have eternal life, without the blood of Jesus. Without this day, Good Friday, without the shedding of blood we wouldn’t be able to have the relationship with Him. We were far away from God. So far. The barrier of sin was so wide there was no way that we could have achieved salvation on our own. This is why the Gospel is so precious. The love of God surpassed everything. He knew we couldn’t do it on our own. He knew that eternal life was dependent on a final perfect sacrifice. So that we can be near God again.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
I want you to join me in reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus. Focus on the purpose of the cross. Worship Him and spend time today because we can. Because before the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we couldn’t. Know that the body that was broken for you and the blood that was shed for you is beautiful in that it represents perfect love. It represents that we can come boldly to the throne where before we could not.
Jesus decided you were worth it. You were worth the pain. Having direct access between Creator and creation was worth it. We were once far away, but we were brought near through the blood of Christ.
Remember… EASTER IS COMING!