April 3, 2021

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Luke 23:44–46 (English Standard Version)
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

According to Christian tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Thus, yesterday was called “Good Friday.” However, those in the minority say a Friday crucifixion doesn’t line up with three days and three nights. They lean toward Thursday as the day Jesus died.

But regardless of the day, the critical point is that Jesus died to pay for our sin debt. His sacrificial death allows us to have access to the Father. The veil of restriction to God’s presence was torn.

His agony and suffering were real. The burden of having the weight of all the sins of the world was laid on Him. This required a separation between the sin-bearing Jesus and His Holy sinless Father. But in the midst of Jesus’ pain, Jesus submitted to the will of His Father. After knowing that He had completed His earthy mission, Jesus took his last breath and died as a man for man.

No matter what day it was, it was not a good day for Jesus. But it was a good day for you and me. The wonderful thing about it is that this was not the end of the story. We can all thank God for what happened early Sunday Morning. (To be continued…)