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Bad Times on Good Friday

When Bible-believing Christians say that faith in Jesus is the only way to salvation, some people become indignant. They believe, without reason, that there are many roads. Such a thing is not possible. The Crucifixion of Jesus proves it.

Reading one of the four Gospels, one may get the notion that circumstances and also the blunt words of Jesus came together to get him nailed to a cross. Those things and people who hated him were a part of it. However, the greater context takes us back to Genesis.

There are people who indignant when Bible-believers say that salvation only comes through Jesus. The theology of the cross on Good Friday explains.
Red and white neon cross, Unsplash / Rod Long
Adam and Eve sinned against God, who is holy. He had no reason to do anything other than let us go on our self-destructive path. However, humanity earned death because of sin, but God loved us even then, and offered the gift of life (Rom. 6:23, Gal. 2:28, John 1:12). There was only one way possible for all this to come together. It was a mystery, and if Satan understood, he and his minions would not have crucified Jesus (1 Cor. 2:7-8). Friday was bad for Jesus, but good for us.
Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the death of our Lord Jesus on the cross. Jesus had begun the week on Palm Sunday, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey to crowds of worshipping Jews (Matthew 21). He cleansed the temple (Matthew 21), taught there, and clashed with both the Pharisees and Sadducees. He spent his last evening before the crucifixion celebrating Passover with his disciples, washing their feet (John 13) and giving them the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26). He spent some time giving them final teachings before engaging in agonizing prayer in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26). Finally, he was betrayed by Judas in the middle of the night and “captured.”

To learn about it, read the rest at "Why Is It Good Friday?" Sunday's coming. In the video below, there are several people making an appearance, including Jesus, the Centurion, each of the two thieves, Pharisees, and others. The opening drum beats sound like a hammer pounding...