SERIES: Good Friday Messages
MESSAGE: Good Friday Service 2017
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:26-43

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.


  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

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