And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34); Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46); “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Lord Jesus, that you had to die to save us isn’t “good” at all. But your willingness and gladness to do so is never-to-be surpassed “goodness.” On this “Good Friday,” like the healed leper, we return to bless and adore you.
From your cross and heart, came these three impassioned cries. First, “Father forgive them,” then, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The first required the second, and the second secured the first. Together, they silence our hearts, and ignite our cry:
“Amazing love! how can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?” The Just died for the unjust. The Beautiful One took the place of the broken ones. The Lamb of God laid down his life for rebels from God.
But then, there is your third cry, Lord Jesus, “It is finished!” Your death was the death of death itself; the exhausting of all judgment against us. You accomplished everything necessary to save us from our sin, and to reconcile us to God once-and-for-all. Now and forever, we cry out:
“No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine!” Because you were fully forsaken, we are forever forgiven. You took our sin, and gave us your righteousness. Hallelujah, what a Savior, you are, Lord Jesus! Hallelujah, what a salvation you have given us! So very Amen, indeed.