GOOD FRIDAY: GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU…
Notes: Six hours, One Friday Series – 2nd April 2021

It’s difficult to find beauty in death.

Hebrews 2:14-16

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

The calling of Christ was the cross of Christ. He left heaven and then the Nazareth carpentry shop with one ultimate aim – six hours, one Friday on the hill of Calvary.

What happened on that hill those six hours that one Friday? What difference does it make to my life?

We believe Jesus’ death that one Friday gives us three Anchor points to hold to:
1. My life is not futile
2. My failures are not fatal
3. My death is not final

Today we remind ourselves that there can beauty in death. His death.
God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed. It is no normal six hours…. it is no normal Friday.

GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN…

Though God’s people often forgot their God, God didn’t forget them. Neither does He forget you. God didn’t give up. He never gives up.
→ When Joseph was dropped into a pit by his own brothers, God didn’t give up.
→ When Moses said, “Here I am, send Aaron,” God didn’t give up.
→ When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn’t give up.
→ When Aaron was making a false god at the very moment Moses was with the true God, God didn’t give up.
→ When only two of the ten spies thought the Creator was powerful enough to deliver the created, God didn’t give up.
→ When Samson whispered to Delilah, when Saul roared after David, when David schemed against Uriah, God didn’t give up.
→ When God’s word lay forgotten and man’s idols stood glistening, God didn’t give up.

→ When the children of Israel were taken into captivity, God didn’t give up.
→ He could have given up. He could have turned his back. He could have walked away from the wretched mess, but he didn’t.
→ He didn’t give up.
→ When he became flesh and was the victim of an assassination attempt before he was two years old, he didn’t give up.
→ When the people from his own hometown tried to push him over a cliff, he didn’t give up.
→ When his brothers ridiculed him, he didn’t give up.
→ When he was accused of blaspheming God by people who didn’t fear God, he didn’t give up.
→ When Peter worshiped him at the supper and cursed him at the fire, he didn’t give up.
→ When people spat in his face, he didn’t spit back. When the bystanders slapped him, he didn’t slap them. When a whip ripped his sides, he didn’t turn and command the awaiting angels to stuff that whip down that soldier’s throat.
→ And when human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God who held them steady.

God would give up his only son before he’d give up on you.

Matthew 27:46-50

46About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

(Buried in the words of the Son, Jesus Christ, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’, comes the answer, ‘Because I could not forsake humanity!’)

47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

What did he cry out in that second moment?
John records in John 19:30,
30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

His life was given in exchange for our lives. And because he died for us, we get to live.