Good Friday is a Christian holiday, the day we stop to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Good Friday comes before Easter. The Darkest Hour is before The Dawn.
WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?
The Bible says in Isaiah 53,
“There was nothing attractive about Jesus, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.
HE DIED WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR HIS OWN WELFARE, BEATEN BLOODY FOR THE SINS OF MY PEOPLE. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. THE PLAN WAS THAT HE GIVE HIMSELF AS AN OFFERING FOR SIN SO THAT HE’D SEE LIFE COME FROM IT -LIFE, LIFE, AND MORE LIFE. HE LOOKED DEATH IN THE FACE AND DIDN’T FLINCH, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.”
What was finished when Jesus hung on the Cross?
“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, JESUS SAID, “IT IS FINISHED.” WITH THAT, HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND GAVE UP HIS SPIRIT.” John 19:28-30
After doing some research on the internet, I found on Christianity.com this great explanation on the meaning of Jesus’ last words “IT IS FINISHED”
“When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.” Note one other fact. He did not say, “I am finished,” for that would imply that he died defeated and exhausted. Rather, he cried out “It is finished,” meaning “I successfully completed the work I came to do.” When he died, he left no unfinished business behind.”
Here my friends are the Why He had to die? and What was the meaning of Jesus’ last words “It is finished”.
Now, it’s up to us what we will do about the Why and “It is Finished!”