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Knowing God Perfectly In the Crucifixion of Jesus

March 26, 2016


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Good Friday

25 March 2016


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John 19:30/ Lenten Catechetical Theme: Knowing God Perfectly![1]


His enemies, tools of Satan and the world, do everything within their power to Jesus. Look at how they treat Him. Like He’s the worst of all criminals, reprobates or terrorists. All their attacks make it appear that Jesus is the most wicked and evil person that has ever lived. No one pays any attention to the real criminals next to Him.   Like daggers, all eyes are on Jesus. Like bombs, all their words are lobbed as diabolical hatred in order to brutally ruin Him. Everything is forcefully taken from Him: possessions, honor, reputation, clothes, body and life.


They cut Him no slack. When He opens His mouth they mock Him. When He wants something to drink they give Him sour, spoiled vinegar. When He prays His words are scathingly twisted like He’s an idiot. No one would dare treat any death row criminal like this for fear of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. I can hear the talking heads in the media howling about cruel and unusual punishment, how the attacks are bigoted, racial and whatever else. But with Jesus they’re silent. He is treated as the biggest sinner of all time. Maximum sinner.


One would think that Jesus would try to justify Himself. Make His case. Prove that He’s innocent. After all, He truly is the Holy One. The Christ! God in the flesh. He deserves none of this condemnation. Don’t you think He should speak up for Himself in order to defend His reputation. He does not. Refuses to. He will not justify Himself.


Listen to what He does say. “It is finished.” What’s the “it” that “is finished.” Well, quite simply, it is the salvation job that He came to do FOR YOU. All that He suffers unto death fulfills holy Scripture. Like Isaiah 53. The SUFFERING SERVANT! Pierced for our transgressions. Crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was on him. Numbered with the transgressors. The Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.   Bore the sin of many.


The Lamb of God is slain and offered for the sin of the world (Jn 1:29; Rev 13:8). The true High Priest has completed His offering (Heb 10:12ff.). The Son of God has given and offered up His body and life as the payment for all sin. Sin is blotted out. God’s wrath appeased. Death overcome. The kingdom of heaven is won and opened. Everything is completed and fulfilled. God’s Word is all about what Jesus does FOR YOU THE SINNER. He suffers all this FOR YOU. For your salvation. There is no other reason. In Good Friday Jesus you know God perfectly.


There you have it. It’s why this day is called “Good.” It is good that Jesus bears all your sin in His body. He who knew no sin was made to be sin (2 Cor 5). It is very good that He endures all the damnation your sin deserves. He became a curse by taking the curse of the law upon Himself (Gal 3). He takes all your bad. He gives you all His good. That’s what it takes to save you. And He does it! Completely. Totally. According to the Scriptures. “It is finished.”




If Jesus doesn’t take all your sin and its hellish consequences, then it’s all on you and you’d be damned with it. But He insists on having it all. When your sin and all its hellacious consequences are on Jesus and answered by Him with the shedding of His divine blood, then it’s not on you! He is damned. You are saved. He suffers the curse of hell. He gives you the blessing of heaven.


No need then for you to justify yourself. When Satan and the world accuse you and attack you; when they prosecute their case against you; litigate their lawsuit against you because of your sin, there’s no need to defend yourself.   Just tell the truth. You are a sinner.


But you are a sinner that’s been died for! Your sin is atoned for. Forgiven. Not counted against you. Because it was all counted against Jesus. The only words that count are these: “It is finished.” Salvation is yours. Jesus says so.


In the Name of Jesus.



     [1]”The Creed properly follows, which sets forth all that we must expect and receive from God; in short, it teaches us to know him perfectly,” (Formula of Concord, Large Catechism II.2 in Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert, eds., The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church [Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000], 431).

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