Good Friday Messages

Skip Heitzig

These Good Friday messages focus on the overarching truth of the old covenant—"without shedding of blood there is no remission" of sins (Hebrews 9:22)—as well as how Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross ushered in a new covenant between mankind and God.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Good Friday Service 1993
2 Good Friday Service 1995
3 Good Friday Service 1996
4 Good Friday Service 1997
5 Good Friday Service 1998
6 Good Friday Service 1999
7 The Final Statement - Good Friday Service 2000
8 Good Friday Service 2001
9 Good Friday Service 2002
10 Good Friday Service 2003
11 Good Friday Service 2006
12 Good Friday Service 2006
13 John 19:30 Good Friday Service 2007
14 Good Friday Service 2008
15 Good Friday Service 2009
16 Good Friday Service 2010
17 Psalm 22 Good Friday Service 2011
18 The King Is Dead - Good Friday Service 2012
19 John 15:9-14 I Dare You to Love - Good Friday Service 2013
20 Psalm 22:1-31; Ephesians 3:17-19 Forsaken - Good Friday Service 2014
21 Matthew 27:32-54 Love Bleeds - Good Friday Service 2015
22 Luke 23:44-46 Dead Air - Good Friday Service 2016
23 Acts 10:26-43 Good Friday Service 2017
24 Good Friday Service 2018
25 Good Friday Service 2019
26 1 Peter 3:18 The Most Notable Day

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1993
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3256

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1993 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1995
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3252

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1995 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1996
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3253

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1996 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1997
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3254

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1997 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1998
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3255

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1998 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 1999
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3257

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 1999 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: The Final Statement - Good Friday Service 2000
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3246

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 2000 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2001
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3258

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 2001 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2002
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3259

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 2002 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2003
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3260

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 2003 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2006
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3704

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Good Friday Service 2006 - from our study Good Friday Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

Topic: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2006
SPEAKER: Calvary Pastors
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/334

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What does Good Friday mean to you? Is it just another Friday? Is it just a day off from school or work? For the Christian, Good Friday is the day we pause in remembrance that Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, was slain for the sins of humanity. It is the time when we remember that Jesus was rejected by man and selected for sacrifice, and that He suffered unimaginable pain and torture as He was scourged and crucified. It is the day we remember that the One who was without sin became sin for each one of us. Let this Good Friday be like no other Friday in your year as you remember the price He paid for you.

DETAILED NOTES
Jesus Christ was introduced by John the Baptist. When John baptized Jesus, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." When the Jewish person heard the word "lamb" he would immediately think of the Passover. A lamb without blemish was selected by each family, taken to their front door, slain, a hyssop branch was dipped in the blood, and the blood was painted on the crossbeam and both sides of the door. This symbolizes the cross.

This year Passover was celebrated on Thursday and Friday (April 13 and 14). Jesus was from the northern Jewish territory. These people used one calendar, while the religious leaders located around Jerusalem used a different calendar. The people in the north calculated that the Passover was Thursday, while those in the south calculated it was on Friday. We find Jesus saying on Thursday that He longed to eat that Passover with His disciples. He then spoke of the bread and the blood, knowing that He would be arrested, tried, and crucified the next day, Friday. As Jesus symbolically celebrated the Passover on Thursday, He was crucified on Friday at the same time the Passover lamb was slain in the temple. Jesus Christ, our Passover, slain for us.

Jesus and His disciples left a northern region, possibly Capernaum, and traveled south to Jerusalem for this Passover, as was the Jewish requirement for all males. Throughout the book of Luke we read that Jesus set out for this trip resolutely, pressing on, even walking ahead and leading the disciples to Jerusalem. The disciples did not understand what was about to happen, but Jesus certainly did. Luke 22:15 tells us that Jesus had long looked forward to this Passover meal. In Luke 18:31-34 we read that Jesus took time to prepare his disciples for this time, though they did not understand what He was saying. Like the disciples, we often fail to grasp what God is doing or wanting to do in our lives. This could be just another routine Resurrection Sunday for us, but it could also be the last Resurrection Sunday we ever celebrate together. We should live with this type of anticipation.

As Jesus and the disciples sat down to the Passover meal, they started with a prayer of thanksgiving. Be sure to thank God for His unfailing love during this season, because this is really what Good Friday is all about. Note that Jesus broke the unleavened bread. Leavening, or yeast, is symbolic of sin. Jesus broke the unleavened bread and said that it was His body. Sin, like yeast, spreads, expands, and affects everything around it. Hebrews 4 tells us that Jesus faced all of the temptations that we do, yet He did not sin. Just like the unleavened bread is without yeast, Jesus was without sin. Hebrews 7 says that He is holy, blameless, and unstained by sin.

Jesus then takes the cup of wine. Luke 22:20 tells us that the wine symbolizes Jesus blood and this concept takes us all the way back to the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin entered into mankind, the leaves which they used to cover themselves were replaced with animal skins. These animals were slaughtered for the forgiveness of sin. There is a progression of this idea through the tabernacle and temple periods, as well. The idea of blood atonement is found throughout Scripture. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that every time we partake of communion, we announce the Lord's death until He comes again. This time of year should be an important reminder of Christ's sacrifice and deliverance from sin in our personal lives.

In Mark 15 we are at the point where we must consider Jesus as the Lamb of God. Notice that He was selected to be sacrificed. Revelation 13:8 tells us that Jesus was the Lamb to be slain from the foundation of the world. God was not caught off guard that it was Jesus who would be sacrificed. But from an Earthly perspective, it was mankind who selected Him, and they did so in an unjust manner. At the core of sin is the act of the will upon a man or a woman to choose something for themselves over the things that Jesus would want for them. It's to choose others or things over God. The human selection of Jesus came by way of rejection. Fewer pains are greater than the pain of rejection. Rejection marked the beginning of Jesus suffering. He was rejected and selected for sacrifice generally by the crowd at the palace. Pilate, a powerful Roman leader, appealed to the crowd and asked them what he should do at this critical moment. The crowd's emotions rose to a fever pitch, sponsored by a satanic power. In Satan's mind, this was his finest moment.

Jesus was rejected and selected for sacrifice specifically by Pilate. Pilate serves as a type of "us" as individuals, a microcosm of our own decisions and choices with relation to Jesus Christ. Pilate had a reputation for giving in to the pressure of his peers, so the Jews knew they could force his hand. The predicament Pilate faced was who would he please, God or man.

After being selected for sacrifice, Jesus was prepared for sacrifice. First, Jesus was scourged, or brutally beaten with a barbed whip. Scourging results in a total shredding of the back. This was so graphic and so inappropriate. After the scourging, Pilate allowed the soldiers to play a mocking game with Jesus. Consider that when Jesus bore our sins, He did not do so only when He gave up His last breath and died, but He also bore our sins during this painful time beforehand. Isaiah 53:5 says that He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Jesus suffered like this to show us how vile a sinner we can be. Given to our own devices, this is how we would react to a holy and perfect God. Also, this was Satan's hour. This is when he unleashed his greatest assault upon the only One who could bring about his destruction. Satan was really on the cusp of his greatest failure and defeat. Lastly, Jesus was bearing the punishment for sin, sin for all men for all time.

Jesus then endured the physical pain of crucifixion. This was absolutely agonizingly painful. Again, this was so graphic and so inappropriate. It was inappropriate that the perfect Lamb of God should suffer for our sin in the way that He did. Jesus' life on this earth was over in the ninth hour of that day. His body was taken down from the cross, wrapped in linen, and laid in a tomb.

We invite you to join us for our resurrection celebration on Easter Sunday morning to hear the rest of the story.

Topic: Good Friday

Keywords: bread, wine, leavening, unleavened, Passover, crucifixion, death, pain, suffering, scourging, graphic, inappropriate, bore, sin, destruction, punishment, Pilate

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2007
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 19:30
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/448

Keywords: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2008
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/565

Keywords: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2009
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/684

Keywords: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2010
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/796

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Sometimes bad news is good news. There's one story, for example, of a woman whose alarm failed to go off, she overslept and was late to work; bad news, right? Until you hear the rest of the story. This woman worked at the World Trade Center, and the date was September 11, 2001. Suddenly, what seemed like misfortune is recognized as a wonderful blessing. Have you ever considered what makes Good Friday so good? Let's remember the death of Jesus, and consider the new life available through His sacrifice.

Keywords: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2011
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/919

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Fulfilled prophecy is one of the strongest evidences for the veracity of the Scriptures. Before the invention of crucifixion, Psalm 22 presents an explicit account of the execution of Christ authenticating the identity of Jesus. In this Good Friday message, we consider the anguish and the accomplishment of His death on the cross and gain a greater understanding of His love for us.

Keywords: Good Friday

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: The King Is Dead - Good Friday Service 2012
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/2194

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Dashing the hopes of His followers, Jesus suffered and died on a cross. The disciples expected Jesus to overthrow their foes and establish His kingdom—but what good was a dead King? As we consider the death of Jesus on this Good Friday, we'll gain a deeper understanding of the enemy He destroyed that day and a clearer picture of kingdom He established.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction: The King is dead! Long live the king!
    1. Phrase of European monarchies
    2. First used in France 1422
      1. Upon death of King Charles VI
      2. Viceroy assured immediate and peaceful transition to King Charles VII
  2. Jesus: the King
    1. Central figure in Old Testament prophecy
      1. "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:12-13)
      2. "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.'  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. ' 'I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You'" (Psalm 2:1-7)
      3. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:6-7)
      4. "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44)
      5. "How great are His signs, And how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation" (Daniel 4:3)
    2. Fulfilled in the New Testament
      1. Writers insist Jesus I the long-awaited prophesied King
      2. Βασιλεία; basileia-kingdom  appears 144 times in the New Testament referring to Jesus' reign
      3. "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him " (Matthew 2:2-3)
      4. Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (John 1:49)
      5. "The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: 'Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' The King of Israel!'" (John 12:12-13)
      6. "Then Pilate asked Him, 'Are You the King of the Jews?' He answered and said to him, 'It is as you say'" (Mark 15:2)
      7. "Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS" (John 19:19)
    3. The kingdom: one of Jesus' favorite subjects
      1. Matthew 13: the kingdom parables
      2. "Kingdom of Heaven" used 33 times in Matthew
      3. "Kingdom of God"
        1. Four times in Matthew
        2. 14 times in Mark
        3. 32 times in Luke
        4.  Twice in John
        5. "He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3)
    4. The King is dead
      1. Jesus died; what good is a dead King?
      2. "Then Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do'" (Luke 23:34)
      3. "And Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise'" (Luke 23:43)
      4. Jesus on the cross six hours
      5. "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son!'" (John 19:26)
  3. Darkness
    1. Attested to in ancient annals
      1. Thallus
        1. Wrote 20 years after the crucifixion
        2. Called the darkness an eclipse
        3. Universal darkness
      2. Julius Africanus
        1. Deeper, more significant than an eclipse
        2. Supernatural darkness
      3. Tertullian
        1. Darkness that covered the earth
        2. "At the moment of Christ’s death, the light departed from the sun, and the land was darkened at noonday, which wonder is related in your own annals and is preserved in your archives to this day."
    2. Darkness of secrecy
      1. Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement
        1. כהן גדול; Kohen HaGadol; High Priest
        2. Behind the veil in secrecy and darkness he sprinkled blood on the mercy seat
        3. Secret transaction between the High Priest and God alone
        4. The only day he could utter the name of God Yahweh
      2. Jesus did three years of public ministry; three hour secret transaction
    3. Darkness of wickedness
      1. Darkness a symbol of sin and wickedness
        1. "Then God said, 'Let there be light'" (Genesis 1:3)
        2. In sin: "walk in darkness"
        3. Saved: "walk in light"
      2. At His arrest, Jesus said: "This is your hour, and the power of darkness" (Luke 22:53)
    4. Darkness of judgment
      1. According to the Babylonian Talmud, God reserves darkness for punishment of unusually wicked sin
      2. Ninth plague on Egypt: darkness
      3. Fifth bowl of judgment during the tribulation
      4. "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death" (Acts 2:23)
    5. Jesus died as the sacrificial Lamb
      1. Taking our sin, taking our place
      2. God judged the wicked sin of rejecting His Son
  4. Jesus' kingdom
    1. "Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here'" (John 18:36)
      1. Not political, military, revolutionary
      2. Not an earthly kingdom
      3. Spiritual kingdom
    2. Eventual, literal, physical kingdom
    3. Today, Jesus wants to rule as king in the hearts of those who let Him reign
    4. "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15)
    5. Long live the King!
    6. "And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, 'Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death'" (Revelation 1:17-18)
    7. "Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:11-16)
    8. "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Hebrew terms: כהן גדול; Kohen HaGadol; High Priest
Greek terms: Βασιλεία; basileia-kingdom 
Figures referenced: King Charles VI; Thallus; Julius Africanus; Tertullian
Cross references: Genesis 1:3; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Psalm 2:1-7; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 2:44; Daniel 4:3; Matthew 2:2-3; Mark 15:2; Luke 22:53; Luke 23:34; John 1:49; John 12:12-13; John 18:36; John 19:19; John 19:26; Acts 1:3; Acts 2:23; 1 Corinthians 15:55; Revelation 1:17-18; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:11-16

Topic: Jesus the King

Keywords: Good Friday, crucifixion, death, sacrifice, Communion, kingdom, king

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: I Dare You to Love - Good Friday Service 2013
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 15:9-14
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/2461

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The greatest demonstration of love—true love—is Jesus, who left heaven, came to earth, went to the cross, and paid the ultimate penalty. He was buried and He rose again from the dead. He had been vulnerable—He had picked guys for His team whom He knew would deny Him, betray Him, and fail Him. Yet He loved them to the end and poured out His love anyway. As we consider what Jesus did, we learn that sacrificial love is essential in any relationship.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. The Princess Bride (movie)
      1. Large clergyman with a little voice
      2. "Love, true love will follow you wherever you go"
    2. Valentine's Day
      1. Candy
      2. Origin in early church history with a clergyman named Valentinus
      3. He helped Christians escape persecution
      4. He was martyred
      5. He knew of a Savior and that is what he wanted to tell the world
  2. I Dare You to Love
    1. Why would anyone need to be dared to love?
      1. You get hurt
      2. You get protective of your heart
      3. You retreat into a shell
      4. It's hard for people who have been hurt to give love
      5. Judson Swihart wrote "Some people are like medieval castles. Their high walls keep them safe from being hurt. They protect themselves emotionally by permitting no exchange of feelings with others. No one can enter. They are secure from attack. However, inspection of the occupant finds him or her lonely. Rattling around in his or her castle alone. The castle dweller is a self-made prisoner. He or she needs to feel loved by someone but the walls are so high that it is difficult to reach out or for anyone else to reach in."
    2. Good Friday we remember the greatest act of true love
      1. Jesus Christ left heaven, came to the earth, went to the cross, died, and rose again
      2. He was vulnerable
      3. He picked guys for His team who failed Him
        1. Peter denied Him (see Mark 14:66-72)
        2. Judas betrayed Him (see Luke 22:3-6)
        3. Even knowing they would fail, he loved them to the end (see John 13:1)
  3. Sacrificial love is essential for any relationship to flourish
    1. You can't just say it
    2. You have to demonstrate it
    3. Jesus came down to earth
    4. "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us." (1 John 3:16)
    5. Why is the cross the greatest demonstration of love?
      1. Because all Jesus' friends are sinners
      2. All sinners need forgiveness
      3. Because that is our greatest need; and it is His greatest accomplishment
      4. From the cross He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23:34)
    6. In AD 1855 Joseph Scriven wrote his mother a poem, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
      1. Joseph was engaged to be married
      2. The day before the wedding his fiancée died
      3. He immigrated to Canada
      4. He fell in love and got engaged
      5. She, too, died before their wedding
      6. He never married
      7. He dedicated his life to spreading the gospel
      8. He wrote this poem when his mom was on her death bed to comfort and encourage her that Jesus Christ is the one who emanates love, true love
  4. How do we, followers of Christ, measure our love?
    1. By words? "I love you"
    2. By hugs and kisses?
    3. Those are good, but it must be more—sacrificial love
    4. Jesus is the benchmark
      1. "Love one another as I have loved you" (v. 12)
      2. Love and sacrifice just like Jesus did
    5. It's good that Jesus qualified how to love
      1. This gives us a picture of what true love is
        1. We know how to give it
        2. We recognize it when it is done to us
      2. Five-year-old Nicole
        1. Mad at her parents
        2. Wrote them a note
        3. "I hate you! Love, Nicole"
        4. She didn't understand the idea of love
      3. We would be messed up if we didn't understand what true love is
      4. The standard is that we love as Jesus loved
    6. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  5. Sacrificial love is compelling
    1. Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (v. 13)
    2. The best apologetic in the world is love
      1. More than arguments of philosophy, or science, or archeology
      2. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35)
      3. Jesus gave the world permission to judge us
      4. People may know that you go to church or claim to be a Christian
      5. "Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care" –Theodore Roosevelt
        1. When they know you care, they'll listen
        2. 10-year-old boy with beat up shoes looking at the shoes in a department store window
        3. A woman bought him shoes and socks
        4. He thought she was the wife of God
        5. He saw the family resemblance—she loved
  6. Sacrificial love is commanded (v. 12 and 14)
    1. Why would anyone need to be commanded to love?
      1. Is it real love if you are told to do it?
      2. Because this kind of love is very, very hard to do
      3. We're not going to feel like doing it
      4. It's easier to just walk away and not get involved
    2. This is impossible to do without the His strength and power
      1. When He gives you an order, He gives you the power to carry it out
      2. You have an endless reservoir of God's love (see Romans 5:5)
      3. Just step out, you won't be able to exhaust that reservoir
    3. Just as the love of God has flowed into your life, His love should and can flow out from your life
      1. The people around you—in your life—should never be love-starved
      2. Tap into that reservoir
  7. The cross—the ultimate demonstration of God's love for us (see John 3:16)
    1. God knows everything about you and loves you anyway
    2. We are celebrating that kind of endless love today
    3. "Could we with ink the oceans fill; and were the skies of parchment made; were every stalk on earth a quill and every man a scribe by trade; to write the love of God would drain the oceans dry; nor could that scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky" hymn The Love of God by Frederich M. Lehman
    4. Be challenged by the love of God
      1. Take the Lord's Supper
      2. Evaluate our lives
      3. Give thanks to God for sending His son
      4. Evaluate your life—not by how many people love you, but by how many people you love
  8. Closing
    1. Lobsters
      1. Eat them! Yum!
      2. Some species have to get out of one shell before they grow a new one
      3. When it gets out of its shell, it is vulnerable
      4. You won't grow unless you are exposed and vulnerable; and even hurt sometimes
    2. We have to tap into the reservoir of God's love poured out in our hearts that would help us sacrifice our lives—our love for other people
      1. It's hard, it hurts
      2. You want to stay in your protective shell
      3. You will never grow to where God wants you to grow if you don't get vulnerable
    3. Jesus would say, according to John 15, "I dare you to love like I have loved you!"
      1. Don't say, "I can't do that"
      2. Say, "I can do that with His power and His love poured out as an endless reservoir in my heart"


Figures referenced: Valentinus, Judson Swihart, Theodore Roosevelt, Frederich M. Lehman
Publications: The Princess Bride, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" by Joseph Scriven, "The Love of God" by Frederich M. Lehman
Cross references: Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:3-6, John 3:16, John 13:1, John 13:35, Romans 5:5, 1 John 3:16

Topic: Love

Keywords: love, Good Friday, Jesus, sacrifice, care, cross

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Forsaken - Good Friday Service 2014
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22:1-31; Ephesians 3:17-19
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/2628

MESSAGE SUMMARY
In Psalm 22, we read an account of death and suffering like no other, but that was exactly what Christ endured on the cross for us, experiencing the separation from God that we should have. The cross points to God's great love for us, and in it we see the depth of our sin, the height of God's love, the width of our salvation, and the length God will go to bring us to Himself.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Blood saves lives; 1 John 1:7; 4:11
    2. The blood truck is here because our blood could also save someone else's life long enough for them to hear how God and His blood saves lives
      1. It's our tangible testimony to the community
      2. We love them because God loves them
  2. Psalm 22:1
    1. The theme of this Good Friday is Forsaken
      1. Psalm 22 begins with the fourth saying Jesus uttered from the cross: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me?" (v. 1)
      2. Jesus was put on the cross at 9 am; He gave three statements over the next three hours, all focused on other people
        1. "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34)
        2. "Today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43)
        3. "Woman, behold your son! ... Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27)
      3. From noon to around 3 pm, there was darkness and silence
      4. Jesus broke the silence with this statement: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matt. 27:46)
    2. Psalm 22 is a messianic psalm
      1. Though written by David, it doesn't describe anything we know about David's life; it describes death and suffering at the end of one's life
      2. The details written in it have been noted by scholars as perfectly describing crucifixion, even more so than the four Gospels
      3. All four gospel writers pointed to Psalm 22 as something Jesus fulfilled
    3. What a statement!
      1. Some of us know what it's like to be forsaken or abandoned
      2. None of us know what it's like to be forsaken by God
      3. This statement is the only time in the Gospels that Jesus didn't call God His Father
      4. Jesus depersonalized it; there was no intimacy
      5. Jesus had already experienced what it was like to be abandoned
        1. He was abandoned by His disciples (John 16:32)
        2. Judas betrayed Him (Luke 22:47-48)
        3. Peter denied Him (Luke 22:54-62)
        4. The alienation of Jesus was progressive throughout His suffering
    4. What was this statement all about?
      1. Jesus felt the full wrath of God upon sin
      2. 2 Corinthians 5:21
      3. He was feeling ultimate separation
      4. This was the summit of His suffering; this was the pinnacle of His pain
    5. Think of this statement, and you see what sin does
      1. Sin separates families, friendships, and churches
      2. Sin always brings separation—here, between Jesus and the Father
    6. "Surely this is a cry that ought to melt the hardest heart!" —Arthur W. Pink
      1. Perhaps some of you are not believers
      2. If your heart isn't moved by this statement, then it's a good time to examine your heart
    7. Jesus became forsaken so that you and I would never have to be forsaken
      1. Deuteronomy 31:6
      2. "The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not, I will not desert to his foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I will never, no never, no never forsake" —John Rippon, "How Firm a Foundation"
      3. As Jesus took the wrath for our sin, He could then say to us, "You'll never be forsaken, because the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from all sin"
  3. Ephesians 3:17-19
    1. Paul was saying, "I'm praying that you can comprehend something that is incomprehensible, that passes knowledge. I want you to know something that's impossible for you to know"
    2. The only way we get the revelation of this knowledge is in the cross
      1. Width and length go horizontally
      2. Depth and height go vertically
      3. It's a picture of the love of God in the cross of Jesus Christ
    3. As we look at the cross, we see the depth of man's sin, the height of God's love, the width of our salvation, and the length God will go through to get us there
    4. The depth of man's sin
      1. You can tell how bad sin is by looking at what it cost God to rescue us from it
        1. If you want to know the badness of our sin, look at the bleeding of our Savior
        2. Most people don't realize how bad their sin is; it is so offensive to a perfect, holy God that it required a death sentence
        3. But God lowered the rope so low that the one act of the cross is enough to save a person who trusts in Jesus Christ
      2. When Adam sinned, he infected the whole human race; Romans 5:12; 3:23
        1. You can't do anything good to account for the depth of your sin
        2. "No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet" —C.S. Lewis
        3. We're all bad eggs, and what Jesus cooked up is better than any raunchy omelet we could do by our own works
    5. The height of God's love
      1. Jesus left the heights of heaven and came down to this earth
      2. Philippians 2:6-8
      3. John 15:13
      4. If you are ever tempted to doubt God's love for you, just look at the cross
      5. Romans 5:8
      6. "Could we with ink the oceans fill, and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade; to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky" —Frederick Lehman, "The Love of God"
    6. The width of our salvation
      1. Jesus' arms stretched out on the cross was His big embrace to the world
      2. It's open to everyone, but there's only one way; it's open to all, but the way is narrow
      3. His embrace and reach is wide, but there's only one way
      4. Whosoever will, let him come (see Revelation 22:17)—but you have to will, to come His way
      5. John 14:6
      6. Acts 4:12
      7. You can't use the name "Catholic," "Protestant," "evangelical," or your parents' names
      8. It's open; it's wide; but there's only one way
      9. It's no longer a sin question; it's a Son question
        1. We're all sinners, but Jesus, the Son, paid for our sin
        2. Have you received the Son of God?
    7. The length God will go through to get a hold of you
      1. John 3:16
      2. The dumbest thing you could do is brag about your own goodness in the presence of almighty God
      3. The smartest thing you could ever do is receive His perfect righteousness that He will clothe you with so that you might be saved
  4. Closing
    1. "But I am a worm, and no man" (Psalm 22:6)
    2. Worm refers to the crimson crocus, which had a red dye to it
      1. In ancient times, they would extract the color from this worm and use it to dye the robes that kings would wear in their royal courts
      2. How suggestive is that: we are clothed in royal robes by the blood of Jesus Christ; we are made royalty because of His sacrifice
    3. We're royalty because Jesus took our badness and clothed us
    4. It's over; it's done; it's finished

Figures referenced: Arthur W. Pink, John Rippon, C.S. Lewis, Frederick Lehman
Cross references: Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 22:1, 6; Luke 22:47-48, 54-62; 23:34, 43; John 3:16; 14:6; 15:13; 16:32; 19:26-27; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 3:17-19; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 John 1:7; 4:11; Revelation 22:17


Topic: Cross

Keywords: forsaken, blood, the cross, messianic, messiah, psalm, crucifixion, separation, sin, suffering, love, salvation, one way, royalty

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Love Bleeds - Good Friday Service 2015
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:32-54
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/3214

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The cross is the greatest demonstration of God's love, and in this Good Friday message, we go back to the day Jesus died. As we get a glimpse into the lives of those who witnessed the crucifixion, we learn how they represent different groups of people today and how those groups choose to deal with the cross.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. What is the meaning of the cross?
    2. The cross is a demonstration of God's great love for humanity; Romans 5:8
    3. The cross was a bridge to get people from here to heaven, from their sinfulness to God's perfection
    4. One of the reasons we don't like pictures is because they reveal:
      1. Failed commitments
      2. Bad choices
      3. Who we really are
    5. Matthew gave us pictures of people who stood around the cross of Jesus Christ
  2. Matthew 27
    1. Simon of Cyrene (see v. 32)
      1. A Jew; a religious man
        1. From Libya
        2. Celebrating Passover
      2. Forced to carry a portion of the cross: the horizontal beam, patibulum
      3. Simon did not want to be at the cross; he was forced
        1. Resemblance with many churchgoers
        2. Simon was so close to Jesus, but did he change his life?
        3. No evidence of change
      4. Simon walked onto the page of history and just as quickly walked off
      5. You can be close to the cross yet far from the Christ of the cross
      6. You can be close to Golgotha and far from God
    2. They, the soldiers (see vv. 33-37)
      1. Battle-hardened warriors of Rome
      2. Quaternion: four soldiers in charge of crucifixion
      3. They were at the cross out of duty
      4. They had seen thousands of crucifixions
        1. Many of them liked it
        2. So bored and hardened they played games
      5. Many people come to church because it's their duty
      6. Can include church staffs, pastors, pastors' wives, committed laypeople
    3. Scribes and chief priests (see vv. 41-44)
      1. The religious people who arranged the crucifixion
      2. They were at the cross for one reason: hatred
      3. Why did they hate Jesus?
        1. Because so many people loved Jesus
        2. The religious people lost their authority
      4. Hatred is a very powerful motivating force
      5. Jesus Christ reserved His harshest criticism for religious leaders who were hypocrites
    4. The saved ones, the changed ones
      1. The least likely to enter the kingdom of heaven
      2. The thief (see vv. 38, 44); Luke 23:42-43
      3. The centurion (see v. 54); Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47
  3. Closing
    1. Don't be fooled by the pictures
    2. The most unlikely ones were the ones who walked away saved by the blood of Jesus Christ
    3. Pride: we don't like to admit we're so bad that God would have to shed His Son's blood to cover our sin and get us to heaven
      1. There is a thief in heaven who knows more about grace than 1,000 theologians
      2. There is a centurion in heaven who knows more about God's mercy than many seminaries
    4. Hebrews 9:22
    5. 1 John 1:7

Cross references: Matthew 27:32-54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:42-43, 47; Romans 5:8; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 1:7


Topic: The Cross

Keywords: the cross, sin, bridge, love, crucifixion, duty, religion, hatred, kingdom of heaven, blood, Jesus Christ, grace, mercy

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Dead Air - Good Friday Service 2016
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:44-46
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4057

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Dead air is a period of silence in radio or television in which the broadcast signal is interrupted and there's no transmission. Throughout history, God has broadcast His truth to humanity through His world and His Word—including through the person of Jesus. But when Jesus died on the cross, there was dead air. Would God ever speak again? In this message, we look at how the dead air of Good Friday would be shattered by a living Savior on Sunday morning.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Throughout history, God has broadcast His message to human beings
      1. Hebrews 1:1
      2. God has been in the broadcasting business for a long time
    2. He broadcasted truth through two main sources
      1. Through His world
        1. Psalm 19:1-3
        2. The intricacies of God's created order forces the logical person to acknowledge the existence of a Designer
      2. Through His Word
        1. Psalm 19:7
        2. He spoke through His Word specifically for fifteen centuries in the Old Testament
    3. Suddenly, there was a period of dead air
      1. There was a period of 400 years between the books of Malachi and Matthew
      2. The silent years
    4. The silence was broken when Jesus was born
      1. The first message after 400 years was "Do not be afraid" (see Luke 2:9-14)
      2. The long-awaited Messiah had arrived
    5. Jesus is the Lord of life
      1. The voice of God in a human body
      2. Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 John 1:1
      3. His words were amazing (see John 7:45-46)
      4. His words were confrontational
        1. Many people stopped following Him because the way was too hard to follow
        2. John 6:66-69
  2. Jesus' death resulted in dead air once again
    1. While Jesus was doing His greatest work, He was uttering His greatest words
      1. Seven sayings from the cross
      2. Luke records "Into Your hands I commit My spirit" as Jesus' final sentence before He died
    2. Darkness for three hours
      1. It was the exact opposite at His birth
        1. The night sky shone with angels (see Luke 2:9)
        2. He was the Light of the World
      2. The Light was extinguished by the world at His death
        1. The Babylonian Talmud says that God reserves darkness to judge people for extreme wickedness (see Exodus 10:21-23)
        2. In the tribulation, one of the judgments poured out on the kingdom of the Antichrist is darkness accompanied by pain (see Revelation 16:10)
    3. The veil in the temple was torn in two
      1. Separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies
        1. Sixty feet high from floor to ceiling
        2. Several inches thick
      2. Torn from top to bottom (see Matthew 27:51)
        1. God tore the veil
        2. God was giving a message that no more sacrifices were needed
        3. Because of Jesus' death, we can have fellowship with God
      3. The Jews sewed it back up
    4. Jesus was in total control of His life (see John 10:18)
      1. A human execution, but divine intervention
      2. God gave His Son for the sin of the world
      3. Normally, people would last days on a cross during a crucifixion
      4. He gave up His spirit
      5. He quoted Psalm 31:5
    5. What happened at the dead air?
      1. The women wept
      2. The disciples ran away
      3. The demons in hell probably rejoiced
  3. God was not done speaking
    1. Death is not the final word; Jesus Christ is the final word
      1. Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave, conquering death
      2. Dead air shattered by a living Savior
    2. First words Jesus spoke after His resurrection were to a woman (see John 20:13-15)
      1. Satan's first words were to a woman in a garden, and they brought death (see Genesis 3:1-24)
      2. Jesus' first words after His resurrection proved life
      3. One day, God will wipe away every tear and there will be no pain (see Revelation 7:17; 21:4)
  4. Closing
    1. Dead air was shattered by a living Savior
    2. There needed to be dead air so there could be living hope
      1. Jesus actually had to die so there could be atonement
      2. Without death, there would be no resurrection
      3. Without resurrection, there would be no hope (see 1 Corinthians 15:13-19)
    3. The resurrection proves the death was sufficient
      1. Jesus' sacrifice was enough to buy us into heaven
      2. God was satisfied (see Hebrews 1:3)
      3. A priest never sat down because his work was never done
      4. But Jesus was a priest whose work was finished
    4. Before His ascension, Jesus spoke for forty days
      1. Words of life
      2. Then He left
      3. Does that mean there is dead air right now?
        1. Before He left, He gave a commandment (see Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18)
        2. Preach the gospel to all the world
        3. Once we come to the knowledge of salvation and our sins are forgiven, it's our turn to take the message to all the world
    5. Jesus, as the Son of God, was the link between heaven and earth

Cross references: Genesis 3:1-24; Exodus 10:21-23; Psalm 19:1-3, 7; 31:5; Matthew 27:51; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 2:9-14; John 6:66-69; 7:45-46; 10:18; 20:13-15; 1 Corinthians 15:13-19; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1; Revelation 7:17; 16:10; 21:4

Topic: Good Friday

Keywords: God's Word, creation, silent years, Messiah, darkness, light, tribulation, veil, Holy Place, Holy of Holies, divine intervention, resurrection, life, atonement, hope, priest, gospel, salvation, the cross

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2017
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:26-43
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4186

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What's so good about Good Friday? It is the day we remember Christ's death on the cross. In this message, Skip Heitzig teaches that Good Friday points to a good Person, a good plan, and a good purpose. We learn that Jesus' death on the cross was the perfect substitution that saved us from our sins.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. The events of Good Friday
      1. After the Passover, Jesus was arrested and underwent six separate trials
      2. Finally, Pilate gave Him over to crucifixion (see Luke 23:23)
      3. He was scourged and crucified, hanging on the cross for hours before He finally died
    2. It's what Good Friday points to that makes it so good
      1. God is so perfect and we are so imperfect that Jesus was the only solution to dealing with our sin
      2. We know that we are sinners by nature and by nurture
      3. The death of Jesus was necessary to placate the wrath of God on humanity
      4. Jesus dying on the cross was not the end
    3. The term Good Friday comes from a time when good meant sacred, holy, or righteous
  2. Good Friday points to a good Person
    1. Jesus is the personification of all that is good (see John 1:46)
      1. No one is good except for God (see Matthew 19:16-17; Mark 10:17-18; Luke 18:18-19)
        1. This means Jesus is God
        2. It also means we as people are not good
      2. Jesus is the good Man because He is the God-man
      3. Even the Roman centurion acknowledged that Jesus was a good Man (see Luke 23:47)
    2. Jesus healed people who were oppressed by the Devil (see John 10:10)
      1. The Devil wants to take from you; Jesus wants to give to you
      2. Satan wants to rip you off; Jesus wants to bless you abundantly
  3. Good Friday points to a good plan
    1. God's plan was to substitute Jesus—the only good Person—for all of us bad people
      1. Jesus was the only perfect Person who could die an atoning death
      2. The plan of substitution
      3. We can be justified because Jesus stood in our place (see 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)
      4. God decided to treat Jesus like we deserve to be treated so that He could treat us like Jesus deserves to be treated (see Isaiah 53:4-5)
    2. Christianity is a bloody religion
      1. It is all about sacrifice
      2. Abraham foreshadowed it when he almost sacrificed his son Isaac (see Genesis 22:1-18)
      3. No remission for sins without the shedding of blood (see Hebrews 9:22)
      4. The lamb sacrifice pictured it
      5. The psalms poeticized it (see Psalm 22:1, 6)
      6. The prophets predicted it
    3. All of the Bible points to the crucifixion
      1. The Old Testament looks toward it
      2. The New Testament looks back at it
        1. Between 20 and 40 percent of the gospel accounts are devoted to the suffering of Jesus on the cross
        2. Gospels: the presentation of the sacrifice on the cross
        3. Acts: the reaction of people to the sacrifice on the cross
        4. Epistles: the implications of the cross
        5. Revelation: the culmination of the cross (see Revelation 13:8)
  4. Good Friday points to a good purpose
    1.  Remission of sins
      1. Remission = forgiveness
      2. God's purpose is forgiveness
    2. On the cross, Jesus cried for forgiveness for those who crucified Him (see Luke 23:34)
      1. This is not a natural thing for a person to do
      2. Imprecatory psalms
        1. Psalms in which the author calls down the judgment of God on someone
        2. The honest feeling of the author (see Psalm 58:6)
      3. Jesus knew forgiveness is mankind's greatest need
    3. Jesus' death was not the end of the story; it is the theme of the story
  5. Closing
    1. When we take Communion, we should look at our Savior through the lenses of the elements
      1. Looking back to the cross (see Luke 22:19)
      2. Looking to the present—intimacy with the Lord
      3. Looking to the future (see 1 Corinthians 11:25)
        1. Remember the great hope of the church
        2. Jesus Christ is coming back
    2. When we take Communion, Satan gets scared
      1. There will be an end to his reign
      2. Jesus will set up His earthly kingdom
Cross references: Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 22:1, 6; 58:6; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 19:16-17; Mark 10:17-18; Luke 18:18-19; 22:19; 23:23, 34, 47; John 1:46; 10:10; 1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 3:18; Revelation 13:8

Topic: Good Friday

Keywords: Good Friday, Passover, crucifixion, cross, scourge, sin, death, wrath of God, good, substitution, remission, sacrifice, forgiveness, imprecatory psalms, Communion

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2018
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4289

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2019
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4401

 


 

SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: The Most Notable Day
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 3:18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4536

MESSAGE SUMMARY
There are several notable Fridays in our culture—Black Friday, Friday the thirteenth, casual Fridays, and, the most memorable, Good Friday. What seemed like the worst thing that could happen to Jesus became the very best thing for us. In this message, Skip Heitzig shares how Jesus bought our salvation with His blood and how His sadness became our gladness.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: April 10, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Most Notable Day"
Text: 1 Peter 3:18

Path

There are several notable Fridays in our culture—Black Friday, Friday the thirteenth, casual Fridays, and, the most memorable, Good Friday. What seemed like the worst thing that could happen to Jesus became the very best thing for us. In this message, Skip Heitzig shares how Jesus bought our salvation with His blood and how His sadness became our gladness.

  1. It Was a Day of Suffering
  2. It Was a Day of Singularity
  3. It Was a Day of Substitution
  4. It Was a Day of Salvation
Points

It Was a Day of SufferingIt Was a Day of SingularityIt Was a Day of SubstitutionIt Was a Day of Salvation Practice

Connect Up:The Christian life can be summarized in three words: justified, sanctified, and glorified. Justification is salvation; sanctification is cleansing (being made like Christ); glorification is eternity with Christ.Answer the following questions:Connect In:The church was born out of the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus. Though good works and compassion are vital to a heathy church (see James 1:21-27), why should the life, death, and resurrection of Christ stand at the center of church life?  Connect Out:Skip shared a story of how 800 men named Paco showed up when a father put an ad in the paper offering forgiveness to his son. People are ready to seek and receive God's forgiveness. How can you use the death of Jesus as a tool for evangelism? To help discover some thoughts, discuss this article from Josh McDowell: https://www.josh.org/resurrection-crucifixion-details/.

1 John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2006), 63.

OUTLINE


  1. It Was a Day of Suffering

  2. It Was a Day of Singularity

  3. It Was a Day of Substitution

  4. It Was a Day of Salvation


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