Bible Commentary: “Good Friday” The Days Of Lent

April 3, 2015 at 10:55 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull)” (Matthew 27:33 NIV)
“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull)” (Mark 15:22 NIV)
“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others–one on each side and Jesus in the middle”  (John 19:17-18 NIV)

In Genesis we read of the testing of Abraham regarding his firstborn son, Isaac, Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.   When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.   “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided” (Genesis 22:1-14 NIV).

Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah (2 Chronicles 3:1 NIV) the same mountain that Abraham was tested on. Somewhere on this mountain was the altar that Abraham used for Isaac, quite possible the same place that the Romans used to sacrifice Jesus, Golgotha, the place of the skull.

Child of God – Abraham told Isaac that God would provide Himself a lamb and that day He provided a male for the sacrifice. God told the world that He would provide, Himself a Lamb, to be the sacrificial offering for all the world and that day He did. On the mountain of the Lord it is provided even to this day. Jesus died in place of us on that cross. It was a Holy moment that split time forever. We must always look upon that sacrifice with reverence and thanksgiving for it should have been us that day.

Our prayer:
Father, thank you for providing the perfect sacrificial lamb, your Son Jesus, spotless and Holy so He could carry the punishment of our sins. Thank you that you were in the place of Abraham when he was going to sacrifice Isaac and you went all the way and gave your own and only Son. Impress in my heart the true meaning of the sacrifice, the one that you did as a Father giving for us your best and the one that Jesus did giving His own life on the cross. So that I can also be as giving and open to love others. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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