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HAVE a BLESSED GOOD FRIDAY! WHY is GOOD FRIDAY GOOD? Because the DEATH of CHRIST was necessary for our SINS!

There really wasn’t anything good about the first Good Friday.  The torture and mistreatment of Jesus Christ was horrible.  There was a fascinating but explicit article in the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 1986 on how terrible the crucifixion was.   Here is where you can get it.  Here is the abstract:

Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock, as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion, his wrists were nailed to the patibulum and, after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post (stipes), his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily from hypovolemic shock and exhaustion asphyxia. Jesus’ death was ensured by the thrust of a soldier’s spear into his side. Modern medical interpretation of the historical evidence indicates that Jesus was dead when taken down from the cross.

So why is Good Friday good?  Because as terrible and horrible as this death was – it’s not the end of the story!  Jesus’ death was necessary to pay for our sins and restore fellowship with a holy God.

People are uncomfortable talking about a holy God demanding accountability from all people.  But it’s what the Bible, the inspired Word of God says:

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead: Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romans 4:24-5:1 [KJV])

But God sought peace with us; he sent Jesus to pay for the sins of the world.  That is an amazing truth.  Jesus was raised from the dead!  AMEN!  Amazing?  What else could have happened?  The disciples took the body?  They died for a lie.  The enemies of Jesus took it?  The Sanhedrin had Pilate place a guard over the tomb to prevent that very claim and here’s what happened:

“And, behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.”  (Matthew 28:2-4 [KJV])

“…some of the watch came into the city, and shewed the chief priests all the things that were done.  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the  soldiers, saying say ye, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.” (Matthew 28: 11-14 [KJV])

These Roman soldiers, hardened by service in a hostile land, were no match for the angel of God!  The chief priests AND Governor Pilate KNEW Jesus was raised!

The risen Jesus was seen by over 500 people:

“…he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen by Cephas [Peter] then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”  I Corinthians 15: 4-6 [KJV])

So much for the idea that the New Testament was written hundreds of years after the fact!  Most Biblical scholars agree the NT was written in the First Century.  And we know undisputed history that Christians took the message of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire very quickly.  Tacitus writes the famous account that Emperor Nero blamed the “Chresteans” for the fire in Rome in 64 AD.  If this were one of my old trials, I’d be asking the court for permission to treat Tacitus as a hostile witness:

But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called ‘Chrestians’ by the populace.

Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular.

Obviously, Tacitus was hostile witness!  This is obviously a reference to both Jesus’ death and resurrection.  So it was common knowledge even in Rome about the resurrection.  It was not a legend written centuries later.

So, where do you stand?  This blog gets read (thank the Lord!) all over the world.  No one can escape the question of Who is Jesus?  I invite all my readers who have not done so to make this a Good Friday, when you got eternal and abundant life through Jesus Christ our Lord!  Here‘s where to go for more details!

Thanks to RedState and Erick Erickson for the inspiration this am!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “HAVE a BLESSED GOOD FRIDAY! WHY is GOOD FRIDAY GOOD? Because the DEATH of CHRIST was necessary for our SINS!”

  1. Tatiana Covington says:

    I've never read anything sillier. A snap of the fingers would suffice to forgive.

    But then again, why not just do things right the first time, instead of all that rigmarole that doesn't even make sense?

    I have always laughed *at* religion, judaism and islam included.

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