Well according to the majority of Christian churches and their doctrine, today is the day that our Lord and Savior was arrested leading up to his crucifixion at 3:00 this afternoon. For the life of me, I could never understand why we would call this day, “Good Friday” because Jesus was executed on a cross. It would be much more appropriate to call today, “Black Friday.” But of course, that day is reserved for the most important shopping day of the year. The day after Thanksgiving when retailers finally go into the black and the rest of the year is profit for the business. That is the real reason why “Black Friday” got its name. It’s the day when businesses go into the “black” as opposed to the rest of the year earlier when the business was running in the “red.”
But I’m getting off track right now. (Although it would make an interesting subject for a later blog.) Have you ever wondered why Good Friday and Easter for Christians, have nothing to do with the Jewish Passover? We’ve completely ignored the true Jewish roots of our Christian beliefs and demonized the Jews altogether. But there is one thing that we’ve forgotten in the process. They did exactly what God said they would do. They were fulfilling prophecy which is still obedience to God. (Although it is negative obedience.) We’ve blamed the Jews for crucifying Jesus even though this was not a Jewish form of execution. Jesus was executed by both Jewish and Gentile magistrates using the Roman method of execution for the worst criminals of all. But Jesus was completely innocent. He did nothing to deserve punishment, let alone execution. But He did expose the true spiritual forces at work manipulating the culture. This was His “sin” from the world’s point of view. From God’s point of view, Jesus is completely innocent. He was doing God’s will.
If you really want to consider sin and punishment, to understand what happened to Jesus 2078 years ago, you must look at the issue from two perspectives. The first perspective is God’s. The second perspective is, the world’s. Of course there are many more that can be considered, but these two are the only ones that really determine all of the others. We could consider the jealously of the Jewish leadership or the danger of a Jewish king to the Romans, but both of these factors are physical issues of the flesh. The real issue is spiritual and this is the perspective we need to consider from the two points of view mentioned earlier.
Let’s begin with God’s point of view first. This should be a “no-brainer” but there are many people who have taken the position that God is cruel, wicked, and arbitrary. Jesus was following the will of God during the arrest, the mock trial, and the crucifixion. They truly believe that the God and father of Jesus is evil and this truly appears to support that conclusion. But Jesus’ obedience was fully based upon His knowledge of both the written Word and God’s revelation to Him. God showed Jesus something that caused great joy on account of the sacrifice Jesus knew He had to make.
Hebrews 12: 2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This, in a nutshell shows “both sides of the same coin.” We call God loving, merciful, and full of grace. They call God evil. How can we reconcile these two points of view of the same God? If we can successfully reconcile these two points of view concerning God, then we will be able to understand how Jesus could be wrongly convicted and sentenced to death and why today can be called “Good Friday.”
The first thing we need to understand is the fact that Jesus himself identified a second power at work in the world.
John 14: 30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
The “prince of this world” holds the kingdoms and power of this world in his hands. This is the same prince that tempted Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry.
Luke 4: 6 “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”
The devil is the prince of this world and gives the power of the kingdoms of the world to whomsoever he desires. This was the temptation he extended to Jesus.
Luke 4: 5 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
If the devil were lying to Jesus, he would have been called out on it. The devil was not lying. He holds the power to all the kingdoms of the world. It was true when Jesus walked the earth, it is still true today. So, from the world’s point of view, Jesus is a traitor who rejected the source of the power of the world by refusing to worship the devil.
Luke 4: 7 “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”
Worship is the real question at work. Who did Jesus worship? This is not a physical question concerning riches and glory, but a spiritual question concerning who is God and who did Jesus honor? Here is His answer.
Luke 4: 8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
From the world’s and the devil’s point of view, Jesus committed the act of treason against the prince and power of the kingdoms of the world. Jesus refused to worship the god of the world. This is the reason why spiritual forces beyond the physical sight and experience of man hated Him. Jesus refused to accept the riches and power of the kingdoms of the world in exchange for worshiping the devil. He turned down the temptation of notoriety and authority for personal gain. The worst thing that they could do to Jesus was to take His life. This would be the ultimate and inevitable punishment they could inflict upon Jesus. They would seek to take His life on account of His refusal to worship the prince of the world.
Jesus worshiped and served the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He recognized the God of the Jews as the one true God. By the way, this is the same God Christians worship and serve. He is a God of Power and love. He had proven Himself throughout the Old Testament and all of Israel knew the truth. The problem then, just as now, is that ungodly leadership has risen to the heights of worldly leadership in every area of life, business, worship, and government. The rise is accomplished by worshiping the god of the world and Jesus exposed the god of the world for all to see and defeated him. This is not only the act of treason, but an act of warfare. Jesus waged spiritual warfare against the devil and all of the devil’s kingdom. So from their point of view, He was guilty of sedition, treason, and desertion.
But Jesus was never part of the world order. He never deserted their cause because He was never a party to their cause. Jesus knew He was the Son of God. He knew they were His enemy from the very start and when the devil confronted Him with the temptations, He announced to the devil directly where He stood. Jesus’ entire life was a spiritual war being waged against the prince of the power of the world in order to defeat him. By the time of His arrest, the temperature of that warfare was intense. They had no other option but to capture, try, and execute the Son of God in order to win their war against Him.
But God kept a very important secret from everyone. It was no secret that Jesus would rise from the dead. It was also no secret that the Holy Spirit would be given to believers. The power of God among believers was no secret. Becoming a three-fold, complete human, just like Adam and Eve wasn’t a secret either. All of these things were made known in the Old Testament. But the inclusion of Gentiles to the household of Jews was a secret hidden before the foundation of the world.
Until Jesus was crucified, only Jews could know God. Gentiles were simply outside of the fold. But now, gentiles are able to become part of the family of God. God expanded His grace to include the entire world. Anyone can become born again. Anyone can become part of the family of God and desert the walk of the flesh. Anyone can become truly spiritual by walking and obeying the voice of God Almighty just like Jesus did. The horrible death that Jesus freely chose to accept, by obeying the voice of His Father, opened up the ability for God to have anyone in the world become one of His children. Anyone can make the free will decision to leave the authority of the devil and accept the authority of God. Jews and Gentiles alike can not only refuse the authority of the devil, but now we can all, as children of God, engage in the spiritual battle against him, just as Jesus did. Instead of only one Jesus walking on the earth to defeat all the wiles of the devil, now there are innumerable brothers and sisters of Jesus able to wreak havoc against the kingdoms and principalities of the devil. We can all change our God from the god of this world to the one true God.
2 Corinthians 4: 4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
We appear to the world as replacement Jesus Christ’s, able to do the same things He did and more.
John 14: 12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
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