Good Friday - The Death of Jesus Christ
" who made there . . . . . a full perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world . . . . . ." (Book of Common Prayer, Service of Holy Communion.)
I have always liked the First Epistle of the apostle Peter!
But, and it is a big BUT. When it comes to having a grip on the full implication of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the First Epistle of Peter shows a depth of simple understanding that can be lost in the sometimes convoluted arguments of that other great apostle, Paul.
The key verse is verse 24 of chapter 2 "He bore our sins Himself in His body on the tree, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed".
On that first Good Friday we, and all who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour were being "redeemed", "ransomed", "bought back", brought back into a full relationship with the Holy Righteous Creator God.
Because of Good Friday we can now call the Holy Righteous Creator God - "Our Father"
Because of Good Friday, everything else follows - we are now "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession . . . . now God's people . . ."
Because of Good Friday we can look forward, not only to the resurrection of Easter Day but to our own resurrection. In the words of the apostle Peter - "A possession which is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, preserved in heaven for you . . . . . that you may have a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time". (Chapter 1, verses 4 - 5)
The hymn by Philip P Bliss (1875) is appropriate:-
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Lifted up was He to die;
When He comes, our glorious King,
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