Good Friday He died for you: 18 April 2014

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. — Matthew 27: 50–52

Bible reading: John 19: 16−30

Message

With His sacrificial death, Jesus has brought eternal salvation to mankind. In the Passion narrative of Jesuswe recognise God’s will to create a way for mankind to accept His grace and enter into eternal fellowship with Him. Jesus Christ is the bringer of salvation who proclaimed the gospel to mankind and effected redemption. He offered Himself up for the salvation of mankind. As the Son of God, Jesus thereby fulfilled the will of His Father in unconditional obedience. In the process He also exhibited human reactions.

Core Points

  • Jesus Christ is the bringer of salvation for all mankind.
  • The loud cry before the death of Jesus is a cry to God and brings the suffering of all mankind to expression.
  • The sacrificial death of Christ is of outstanding significance and changes everything.
  • Crucifixion and death are to be seen as the victory of God.
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