There are few moments in our lives that cause us to pause and wonder. We marvel at the sun breaking forth from the ground and feeling the first rays of sunlight warm our skin while very slowly it overtakes the mountains and the clouds in a brilliant array of blazing orange. We are filled with joy inexpressible at the sound of the first cries of a new born baby child. We are sobered by the reality of death as we sit at a friend or family members funeral wondering how something so final and so unchangeable could be real and happen to someone we love. These moments happen all over the world all the time and they remind us that there is something far more grand and important in this life. Like a picture, we can hardly find the words to express the experiences we have walked through.
I imagine that those who were witnessing the crucifixion of Christ would probably have felt the same way as they watched Jesus dying on the cross. Not totally understanding the full significance of His suffering and death. It was, along with the resurrection, the most profound moment in history!
In Revelation 5 the 24 elders and the 4 creatures around the throne sing a new song saying:
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
Even at the end of time the elders, creatures, and all creation will sing the moment when the Lord of the universe hung on a wooden cross to save sinners like me and you. He suffered for us and yet we can only slightly understand the glory of what happened on that Good Friday. This moment is far greater than any sunrise or first cries of a newborn, it was God making peace with all who would believe.
Romans 5:1 says:
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Although we have not experienced and witnessed the events of that Good Friday I want to invite you to reflect and take time to pray this Good Friday as you follow the timeline of the events of the events that took place on that momentous Friday. It’s sobering as you follow the timeline and prayerfully reflect on each stage of the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Good Friday In Real Time (Link)
Follow the link HERE to access and follow the events of the first Good Friday. The linked article was written by Russ Ramsey.