Christ’s Passion and Death

Before breathing His last, Jesus declared, It is finished! It was for no small reason that Jesus spoke thus. By these words, Jesus testified to His completed work for your salvation. It was not on the day of Easter, the day that our Lord resurrected bodily, that sin and death were put to an end. It was the day He died that sin too had died and death had lost its eternal hold. For this reason, the unforgetful words of our Lord, It is finished! bring comfort and consolation to hearts troubled by sin and burdened by its effects.

Through His suffering and death, Christ brought about that peace with God that surpasses all human understanding. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29, 36). The price for that peace, the cost for that sin being taken away, was His blood. It is as we confess in the Apostles’ Creed, that Christ ‘redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, that He purchased and won from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death’ (Meaning to the 2nd Article of the Apostles’ Creed).

The Jesus of the Bible was not an unbloody Jesus. He shed His own blood, not for Himself, but for you. The servant of Isaiah chapter 52 & 53 is truly the servant of the Most High God, but He is the suffering servant, whom we esteem as stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted…

2011GoodFridayApostlesMeditation.pdf

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