Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 19th

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Good Friday. Why would today be called “Good Friday?” Because by His death, Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. We cannot erase our guilt, nor can we overcome our sins by our good deeds. But Christ did what we could never do for ourselves, by dying for us on that first Good Friday.

Jesus endured false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Before he was led away, soldiers spit on him, tormented and mocked him and pierced him with a crown of thorns. Jesus carried his own cross to Calvary where he was mocked and insulted as Roman soldiers nailed him to the cross.

Matthew 27:45-50 “From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Elo, lama sabachthani? – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”

Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb.

I try to imagine the agony and suffering He went through because of our sins, and it is hard. John 19:30 “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished”. With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” He meant that God had accepted His work on the cross as the penalty for our sins.

Sooner or later everyone will face death. The question to contemplate is where will it lead? All of mankind will be resurrected; some to new life in Heaven with the Savior; others to eternal separation in Hell. But God in Heaven desires that all be saved 1 Timothy 2:4 “…who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Do not miss the significance of what this day represents. (B.Graham)

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