Why is Good Friday good?
1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
This year our church and another church restarted their tradition of celebrating Good Friday together, and for Resurrection Sunday our family joined my parents and sisters at my parent’s church.
While we missed seeing our friends this morning, it is also a blessing to see my family and to join with the larger body of Christ for worship through song and the preaching of the Word. It is meaningful to see the diversity and unity of worship, within the body of Christ!
By his blood and in his life we are one in the family and body of Christ! Praise be to God that “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
We are risen in him, by his death we are freed!
GCNO & Cornerstone Bible Fellowship together – Good Friday, 2023-04-07
Pastor Dean Good
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law
The theme of the passage and letter.
A false teacher had led them to the law
Paul reminds them that Christ’s redemption is better.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law
The work he did on the cross.
Our redemption on Good Friday.
Our life purchased at his loss.
When he died, his people redeemed.
The work was finished in full.
Our need for redemption from the curse of the law.
We did not perfectly obey his rule.
Our temptation to think of the things we do.
The law goes well beyond.
To love the Lord with our whole heart
for his glory to him respond.
“Thou shall not covet.” All of us have.
All of us under the curse.
There is nothing we can do to justify ourselves.
All of our motives for sin make it worse.
The nature of the curse,
we all die in the end.
Spiritually, separated from God
Physically, from the body death does send.
The evidence we are all under the curse
We all die, it’s the way we all go.
This world is one great tomb, for death.
We come and go, condemned to death to flow.
We have tried to soften death.
The way that we all will go.
Evolution tries to make it good
these seeds of acceptance to sow.
What is the means of our redemption?
In the Incarnation he came.
The Messiah came anointed.
Born under the law, like us the same.
He perfectly kept the law.
Doing the will of his Father above.
At age 30 years,
The voice said, “This is my son whom I love.”
Christ our substitution
Humbled… a curse… for me.
He gave his life, paid our penalty
when he hung on a tree.
Many lambs sacrificed.
A picture of what was to come.
He the spotless lamb,
He was made sin, it was placed on the Son.
Our sins imputed to Christ.
He took them all on himself.
The soldiers mocked, beat, killed.
This all should have fallen on myself.
The result of my redemption,
we are no longer under the curse of law.
Instead under Abraham’s blessing,
all the nations of the earth, redemption saw.
Because we are now forgiven,
purchased by Christ’s blood.
Instead of slaves to sin,
we’re slaves to righteousness, in his love.
The reception of my redemption,
done by faith alone.
Humble and repentant
by grace he does alone.
We are justified by Christ
not by works of the law.
Turn, repent, change our ways.
Declared righteous, not slaves to the fall.
The life which I now live,
I live by faith alone.
He loved me and gave his life,
His death did my life atone.
Abiding Faith Bible Church – Easter Sunday, 2023-04-09
Pastor Michael Lehman
John 14:6 – Jesus Christ as the Life
of Messiah who was to come
No Trinity, no suffering,
the Law redeemed the nation
I am the way, the truth, the life
This title Jesus gave himself
This “heresy” with the Jews brought strife.
Jesus as the way
Holiness and sin
Who God is. Who we are.
This work through him begin.
Jesus as the Truth.
Exclusive just to him.
Any truth that we may seek
must always in him begin.
If I’m living “my own truth”
It’s all falsehood in the end.
To seek and know the truth
must call out to him, in his word, to send.
Pride keeps us from seeking him.
A truth seeker must be humble.
We may leave all we know and thought
perhaps be crazy, in this world seem to stumble.
When Jesus on the cross,
who was in control?
Though he bled and died,
the tomb was empty, we do extol.
The life, and death, and burial
and the resurrection all in the plan.
Jesus is the life
All this in his powerful hand.
Jesus as the life
exposes the deadness of man.
Why do we celebrate his life?
Why do we rejoice in this plan?
Eternal life is found in Jesus.
Do you have him or do you deny?
1 John 5:10 reveals our heart,
Do we call him Life, or a teller of lies?
Do we look at God
and call him a liar to his face?
That is a damning sin,
though he is a God of grace.
Seeing him as the Life,
highlights our deadness in sin.
Anyone outside of Christ
is dead, really dead, in sin.
Every intention of our hearts
only evil all the time.
We are dead in the trespasses of our sins
guilty of every crime.
Walking as a dead man.
Walking in our sin.
Though we seem to live in life,
we can be dead spiritually, in sin.
Romans 8:7, 8,
the mind on the flesh hostile to God.
Those who are living in the flesh
are unable to please God.
This is foolish to the world.
We are dead, though we’re alive?
Jesus spoke to the hypocrites
though full of sin, for appearance to strive.
Physically we’re born, live, die.
Spiritually born dead, need life in him.
Ephesians 2, “But God”
By grace we’re saved from sin.
God makes us alive.
Together with Christ raised up in him.
Set free from sin, have new life again.
The deadness of man
this story complete
it reveals not only our sin.
but our only hope, to with Christ retreat.
Jesus the way, truth, life
Perfection the only way.
Through the truth in him, his word,
His word will light our way.
Without his word like breath in our life,
religion, our own creation.
Am I breathing the Word of God,
Dependent on him in every situation.