This Friday, Christians everywhere will remember Christ’s death. It’s Good Friday, the Friday before we celebrate Easter. It’s the day Jesus died on the cross for us.
How fitting that we come to Luke 23: 26-49 this week, the crucifixion and death of our savior. For our final blog post this week, I want to cover what the cross means for you.
The cross of Christ is the turning point of History!
The world will never be the same because of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Christ’s death and resurrection started Christianity, which, as the angry mob in Acts 17:6 said, has, ” turned the world upside down.”
If you really think about it, you probably wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for the cross.
If I think about my own life, I realize a few things. First, the country I live in wouldn’t exist if Jesus hadn’t died on the cross, because those who first discovered it came because of Christ. In addition, my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents wouldn’t have met, because almost all of them met in a church or something related to Christianity.
All things considered, I have Jesus’ death to thank for my existence today, and so do many millions of people around the world, including you!
However, these things are of a secondary nature to the true importance of the cross and what it really means for us.
It doesn’t matter if we are just thankful that Jesus died so that we could exist today. It matters how that cross changes our lives and our hearts.
Jesus died for a way bigger reason then just bringing into existence countless societies and billions of people. He died to save our souls!!
God originally created humans without sin, but Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in Genesis 3, bringing sin and death into the world and separating everyone from God.
Because of Adam and Eve, we have a sin nature and no hope of ever getting right with God.
We will always freely choose our sin and will never even want to choose God. God says in Ephesians 2:1, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” Our spirit is dead to God. The situation looks pretty hopeless.
But there is hope!
Christ came, and He died for our sins. He lived a perfect life and then died, taking on all the wrath of God against the sinners He would save.
This is the most important news about the cross, but what does it mean for you?
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
When Jesus died on the cross, He became sin for us so that we would finally have hope of being made right with God, by the righteousness of Jesus being placed on us.
All we have to do is repent and turn from our sin, accept Jesus as our savior, believe what God says in His word, and decide to follow Him in everything we do in our lives.
When we accept Jesus as our savior, we get God’s righteousness put on us from the cross of Christ. All of our sins, past, present, and future, are paid for. We won’t be punished for them any longer.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus yet, please do it today. There is no better time than now.
If you have accepted Jesus, then praise Him for what He did for you.
It should be overwhelming to us that our debt is paid in full and that we can worship God and have a relationship with Him!
I’m reminded of one of my favorite hymns, and I’ll end with the chorus:
“Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.”
Reflect on these questions, and if you feel led, comment below:
- Have you accepted Jesus’s sacrifice for you?
- If you have, how will you worship God for His sacrifice today?
April 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm
I was just wondering what is a good Bible for teens? Easily understandable.
April 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm
If you’re looking for a specific translation, I always tend towards the ESV. It’s widely used and understood to be very accurate to the original text yet easy to read and understand. The main Bible I use is in this translation. If you’re looking for a study Bible, the ESV Study Bible is great, as is the Reformation Study Bible, which is what I use after it was graciously gifted to me by an older gentleman at my church. In other translations, the NIV Study Bible and NIV Zondervan Study Bible are good as well. Hope this helps!
April 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Thank you Jonathan for replying, and it was very helpful. Congratulations on your upcoming Graduation! May God bless you and guide you on your journey through life.
April 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Can you help with something? If Scripture tells that Jesus died on Passover, why do we say that He died on Good Friday? Also, if Jesus Himself said He would be in the ground 3 days and 3 nights, why do we say He died on Friday and rose on Sunday morning? It doesn’t add up. Thanks.
April 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm
That’s a really good question. The traditional view is that Jesus died on a Friday, but you’re right, this wouldn’t make much sense because He wouldn’t be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. There are a few opinions on this. Some people believe the discrepancy is just a result of the Jews at that time having a different way of talking about and telling time. Another argument is that Jesus died on Thursday, and the other is that He died on a Wednesday. All of these positions have good and bad points, but there is no real way to know for sure when Jesus died. You can read about the positions and their reasoning at these links:
May 15, 2017 at 4:33 am
Brlciianle for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a certified genius.