Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WHAT IS FINISHED?

IT IS FINISHED





John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, an gave up the ghost.”


May I ask this question? What is finished? What was finished? Once a year on the Day of Atonement the 10th day of the 7th month and for some the 1st month, which would correspond with our month of October, on that 10th day of the month the High Priest would take the blood of the innocent substituted that was offered and he alone once a year would take that blood inside the Tabernacle. 

He would walk through the outer veil and pass the Candlestick on his left. Then pass the Table of Shewbread on his right, to his right was the Altar of Incense, and then he would approach the second veil called the Inner Veil. He would then walk inside the Inner Veil. Any of the priests could come into the outer room of the Tabernacle where the Golden Candlestick, the Table of Shewbread, and the Altar of Incense abode but only the High Priest could walk through the second veil into the Holy of Holies.

The Holy of Holies was a little 15’ wide, 15’ long, and 15’ high. In that room was called the Ark of the Covenant. This was a little piece of furniture about the size of a Lord’s Supper table. The top of it was pure gold. It was called the Mercy Seat and the High Priest would take the innocent blood of the innocent substitute through the outer veil and through the inner veil into the Holy of Holies where he would sprinkle the innocent blood upon the Mercy Seat. 

Then he would walk out of the Holy of Holies and out of the Tabernacle itself to the awaiting public where he would lift up his hands and with a loud voice shout “It is finished!” Letting the people know that once again the sins were atoned for symbolically on that Day of Atonement.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was both the Lamb and the High Priest. As our Lamb He paid the penalty while as our High Priest He sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven and then He intercedes for the redeemed in Heaven continually.

On the cross our High Priest after He had paid the penalty for our sins shouted, “It is finished!” Now I ask the question what was finished?


HIS SUFFERING WAS FINISHED

The Scripture tells us He endured the cross and the joy that was set before Him was the resurrection but between Him and the resurrection was the suffering of Calvary. The Bible says Jesus endured the cross then He cried, “It is finished!”

Jesus will feel no more the cat of nine tails with the lashing and tearing of His flesh. He will feel no more the nails in His hands and His feet. He will feel no more the spear that pierced neither His side nor the crown of thorns that invaded His brow. He will never be despised and rejected by men again. No synagogue will cast Him out again. No judge will wrongly try Him. No angry mob will scream, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” and “Release Barabbas, Release Barabbas!”

No more lonely nights on the Mount of Olives as he watched the foxes scurry to their holes, the birds fly to their nests, and the Son of man had no place to lay His head. There will be no more rocks for pillows. No more kiss of betrayal from one of the twelve. No more Scribes and Pharisees to attack Him verbally. 

Never again will He cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Never again will He look up ad see the back of His Father as His Father turned away from His own Son. Never again would He dip His own soul into Hell to be payment for the sins of the world. Never again will He be acquainted with grief for He will forever be praised by saints, served by angels, and adored by His Father. IT IS FINISHED! What does it mean?


SINS’ PAYMENT WAS FINISHED

Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, but he washed it white as snow. The old account was settled long ago on the cross of Calvary.

The first person that went to Heaven in the Bible was Able. Can you imagine how lonely Able must have been? Able had been in Paradise for 4,000 years. Now it was not the place we call Heaven today. It was a place where the saved of the Old Testament waited for the sin debt to be paid on Calvary.

Ephesians chapter 4 says that Jesus first descended into the lower parts and led captivity captive. He went into Abraham’s bosom, or Paradise, and took the Old Testament saints and brought them and Paradise to Heaven.

Able along with Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Isaac, Jacob, David, Noah, and all the saints of the Old Testament before Calvary for 4,000 years had been in Paradise waiting for this day so they could go to Heaven.

When Jesus paid the penalty think of the joy when He descended to Paradise and said come on follow Me we are going to Heaven now for the price is paid! The lay away plan is paid in full. IT IS FINISHED! What did it mean?


HIS DREAD IS FINISHED

Every 12-year-old Jewish boy was taken aside and old by his parents what his vocation was going to be for the rest of his life. Each 12-year-old boy began the training for his life’s work at that moment.

At the age of 12 Jesus was in Jerusalem and His mom and step dad missed Him while in fact after traveling several days. When returned to Jerusalem they found Jesus in the Temple asking questions and answering questions. Mary said Jesus your father and I have sought thee sorrowing. Jesus replied Joseph is not my father. Then He said to them, “What know ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.”

Mary was Jesus’ mother but Joseph was not Jesus’ father for our Heavenly Father was the Father of Jesus. Thus, I believe the Heavenly Father had taken his 12-year-old Son and explained to Him what His life’s work was and what His business was to be. What was His business?

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

He came to go to Calvary. Christ Jesus has come to earth to save sinners! Up until this time Jesus had not known what His purpose was so His Father had a talk with His Son. He explained to Jesus that He was perfect and that His blood was perfect blood running in His veins. He explained that He would go to Calvary for He was as much God as though He were not man and was as much man as if He were not God. As God He lived a perfect life but as man He was tempted in all points like all men are tempted.

However, at age 12 I believe Jesus knew all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary. We are talking about a junior high boy, a boy in the seventh or eighth grade. Get the picture? Here is a 12-year-old boy who learned all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary and die a horrible death.

Imagine what must have gone through His mind when He read Isaiah chapter 53. Picture this with me as he reads this over and over again at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, etc. Can you begin to fathom what He thought? Think about it! A 12, 13, 14, 15 year old boy who every time He attended church read about the coming Messiah and He knew He was that Messiah. He would read of the suffering of the Messiah knowing full well that it was speaking of Himself for He was the Messiah.

He read how the Messiah was going to be crucified and have to deep His soul into Hell! Can you comprehend how He felt? When He read Daniel 9:26, “The Messiah would be cut off” contemplate how he felt knowing that He was that Messiah. The shadow of Calvary loomed over Him all during His earthly life. When He read, “He was bruised for our iniquity” He knew that was His body that would be bruised. When He read “By His stripes we are healed” He knew that it was His body that the cat of nine tails would be ripping His flesh for 39 times. This is a 12, 13, 14, 15, etc, young boy. The shadow of suffering was hanging over His head!

When Psalm 22:1 was taught He knew it was Him of whom it was speaking when it said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus knew it was Him of whom it was speaking. Can you grasp the dread that He as a little boy endured? Can you decipher the fear that attacked Him as a teenage boy for He was in flesh? 

When they came to Numbers chapter 21 at church they read about the serpent of brass that was lifted high so that those who had been bitten by a deadly serpent could look up at that brass pole and live. Jesus knew full well that the serpent on that pole was a picture of Him and the one-day He would be lifted up high hanging on a cross of shame to die.

At 12 He knew he would be rejected, tried, convicted, beaten, and end up on a cross at Calvary. Every pigeon that He saw offered reminded Him that the pigeon was only a type of Him. Every lamb he saw offered as an innocent sacrifice He knew that lamb was only a symbol of Him along with every bullock, every turtledove, and every sacrificed ram.

Then in they would come to Isaiah 52:14 and at age 12 He would read that His visage would be so marred that no one would be able to determine that He was human. Mind you all of this was happening at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, etc. He would look at His smooth teenage hands and realize that one-day nails would be driven into those hands. He would look at those teenage feet and realize one-day nails would be in those teenage feet.

Jesus did not start suffering on Calvary for He started suffering at age 12 and for 21 years dreaded Calvary. IT IS FINISHED! What was finished?


THE HURT OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER WAS FINISHED

Back in the fore-ordinate counsel of eternity past God looked down and realized that man was going to sin after He created man. God in His foreknowledge made a plan where by man would not have to go to Hell. Jesus volunteered to go to Calvary to be the acceptable payment for the sins of man and anyone who would trust Him as payment for their sins could come back to the Father.

Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Hebrews 9:26, “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…”

I Peter 1:20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

John 17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

Can you envision what it would have been like if the dear parents of one of our staff members Bill Nelson who was killed in a tragic automobile accident if they had know all those years what would happen to their precious son. That is exactly what it was like for God the Father before the foundation of the world.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

When did God give His only begotten Son? In eternity past and God had to live with that hurt for all of those thousands of years. As time passed the pain became greater and greater and greater until He had to turn His back on His own Son. That’s how much God loves you! God loves man so much that God turned His back on His own Son.

God in His mind watched Judas betray His own Son, the betrayal kiss on Jesus’ brow, the soldiers arrest Him, being sent to one priest then to another, then on to Pilate, and over and over and over again! God in His mind watched them beat His Son over and over and over again.

God in His mind watched them drive those nails into His hands and felt it not just one time but in His mind over and over and over again for thousands of years! When Jesus cried, “IT IS FINISHED!” What was finished?

·      His suffering was finished
·      His payment for sin was finished
·      His dread for Calvary was finished
·      The hurt of God the Father was finished

In 72 hours Jesus will rise from the dead and the Heavenly father will be re-united with His Son whose coming home! Never again to be beaten, spit upon, rejected, crucified, or mocked. God the Father never again will have to feel the pain of His Son’s suffering on the cross!


THE LAST HOPE OF SATAN WAS FINISHED

Sorry devil your fate is sealed for sure now! Satan your sentence has been given. Satan your days are numbered! Satan you are consigned to the Lake of Fire forever. Satan all your hopes are dashed! Satan your head is bruised! Satan your sentence is irreversible and unappealable! 

The Supreme Court of Heaven has ruled against you and you are doomed to the Lake of Fire. Satan your execution date has been set. The fires of the Lake of Fire are being stoked for you and yours. Satan the death warrant has been signed. Satan your chains have been shortened. Satan the keys to death, Hell, and the grave have been taken from you for IT IS FINISHED!

What is finished? Satan himself is finished and he will die forever in the Lake of Fire! What is finished?


THE STING OF DEATH WAS FINISHED

I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”




IT IS FINISHED! What is finished?

·      The suffering of Jesus is finished
·      Sin’s payment is finished
·      The Saviour’s dread is finished
·      The hurt of the Father is finished
·      The last hope of Satan is finished
·      The sting of death is finished










Monday, April 14, 2014

OH BE CAREFUL LITTLE TONGUE WHAT YOU SAY!

The Sin of Whispering


Romans 1:29 says, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malicious­ness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers.”

Notice how the semi-colon after “malignity” puts “whisperers” in a class of their own. Now all of the conditions mentioned in verse 29 refer to the mind. When the mind is filled with these things, notice what happens—you become a whisperer. Conversely, the Scripture teaches if you do not fill your mind with all of these things, you will not have to whisper.  Romans 1:30 says, “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents….” 

Eventually, these whisperers become “inventors of evil things.” Verses 31 and 32 continue describing whisperers, “Without understanding, cove­nantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

According to Romans 2:1, the person who is a whisperer is only condemning himself or herself. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest an­other, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” If God says something once, I think I should pay attention; if God says something twice, all of us should pay attention. God said that whisperers do the same thing they judge in others; thus, they are judging themselves because they are doing the same things.

Look at Romans 2:2, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” God’s judgment is ac­cording to truth—not according to what we consider truth—but according to what truth really is. The pro­gression of the whisperer begins thus: first, he begins to whisper about the very thing he is doing; second, he actually judges himself. Then God says, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.”  The final step in the progression of the whisperer is the judg­ment from God. 

In the Bible, whispering is also called backbiting, slandering, and swelling. It is the sin of talking about people. Somebody has said, “Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about things. Weak minds talk about people.” This is true! There is something in all of us that is depraved. We like to find something bad—whether true or false—and we love to spread it. We love to ask, “Did you hear about so-and-so?” The truth is not the issue at stake here.  Many things should not be repeated because they are better left unsaid. 

It is time for us to take a serious look at this matter because many Christians are guilty of whispering. They are guilty of spreading rumors and gossip.  They perpetuate things that may be true or not true, but that are better left unsaid. 

We have each developed a method of categorizing sins into lists of big sins and small sins.  The sin of whispering, or the sin of inventing evil things, is con­veniently omitted from the list of sins we hate, but it has caused more heartbreak than many other so-called big sins.  If you say that certain sins are worse than other sins, you are being duped by Satan to use your so-called lesser sins to destroy others through whispering campaigns on Internet forums.

Whispering is worse in the sight of God than drink­ing beer. It is worse in the sight of God than smoking. The whisperer is more deadly than the prostitute is.  We would be appalled if someone were to drink a bottle of beer during a church service. We would be devastated if someone were to pour liquor on the al­tar. However, when we consider all of the damage done in churches throughout the history of mankind by the sin of whispering—the sin of inventing evil—the damage far exceeds the damage done by liquor. Whispering is truly the most deadly sin in churches.



If you were to rob a bank, you will not have com­mitted a sin equal to slandering the president of that bank. The riches he possesses are not as valuable as the name he possesses. When you take someone’s name and smear it through gossip, you are commit­ting a sin that is worse than robbing a bank.  This is why the erroneous and slanderous statements on in­famous forums and other gossip websites on the Internet are some of the most damnable statements a Christian can have in his home.

It is time we realize that whispering is sin. It is sin, just as murder is sin. It is sin, just as fornication is sin. It is sin, just as stealing is sin. It is sin, just as adultery is sin. It is sin, just as rape is sin. It is SIN. If you fol­low the bloody trail marked by rape, murder, robbery, and thievery, the trail you find will not be as devastat­ing as the trail of blood left by the most deadly, damaging, and devastating of all sins: whispering, in­venting evil things.

The whisperer turns his mouth into a cesspool. The whisperer speaks softly and wickedly about others; yet in the meantime, he is crucifying them with nails of serpentine vocabulary on his cross of slander, be­lieving that he will escape the punishment of his own deeds. This is the whisperer, the inventor of evil things.

There are whisperers and inventors of evil things all over America. They ask, “Did you hear?” “I don’t want to say this, but what do you think about what the preacher said?” “There is something going around. Did you hear it?” “I’m a deacon, and my job is to get to the bottom of it.”

If you are a deacon, your only job is to get to the bottom of a potato sack as you feed the widows in need. There is one pastor for each church. It is not your job to stir up trouble.  The pastor knows what he is doing. Stay out of his business. People should use common sense and keep their mouths shut.


We are not content until we have secretly trampled underfoot the reputation of an undeserving victim. Some of you have united to form Satan’s garbage crew: those who collect garbage at one house and distribute it to another house. Tomorrow you will re­verse the cycle. You will go to the second house, get the garbage, and return to the first house to redistrib­ute the garbage. 

The truth is that the folks who belong to the garbage crew are usually idle people. Most of them leave their Bible reading and talk about one man to another man. Most of them leave their prayer time; instead of talking about man to God, they talk about man to man. Most of them fail to show up at church when they should, but they never fail to talk about other people. They do not show up for church-wide soul winning. They do not show up for ladies’ soul winning.

They love to take a quote and analyze it, changing it to divide good friends. They take time from soul win­ning to talk. They take time from prayer to talk. They take time from Bible study to talk. Gossip occurs when two people talk about something that neither one can do anything to solve. The truth is that you are destroying yourself!

There are people all over this nation whose hearts have been broken because of the serpentine vo­cabulary of church crowds. The demolition squad that Satan organizes in every church in America just keeps on spreading bad talk. They are scavengers of wrath; they are scavengers and spreaders of manure.  They love to take a stink and stir it up; when it is set­tled, they love to stir it up and add to it, and then stir it up again.


My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, one day we will answer to Almighty God for every word we speak and every idle moment we waste. If someone talks to you about another, mark it down, tomorrow he will talk to the other person about you. All the “Saturday night special” handguns combined have not destroyed as many people as the whisperers and the inventors of evil things have destroyed.

If our government wants to outlaw something, forget the “Saturday night special handgun”; instead outlaw the inventors of evil things, and shut up the whisperer. The real killer is that which hangs from the back of your mouth. The tongue is the deadliest of all weap­ons, especially in the hands of the whisperer and the inventor of evil things.

Serpents have been tamed. Wild animals have been tamed. Roaring lions have been tamed. Raging ele­phants have been tamed. Asps have been tamed, but not the tongue of the whisperer, not the tongue of the inventor of evil things. The only way the tongue will be tamed is if it is yielded to the Holy Ghost of God. Pay attention, teenager. Pay attention, aged one. Pay at­tention, college student. Pay attention, ladies. Pay attention, gentlemen. Whispering is a sin.

We love to preach about the sins of adultery, forni­cation, stealing, cursing, and embezzlement. I hate all sin. Sin nailed our Saviour to Calvary. Sin drove Him to the sepulcher. Sin put the crown of thorns on His head. Sin put the spear in His side. Sin caused the scourging of the cat-of-nine-tails. Sin hung Him nude before the world as a public spectacle. You had better watch it.

Liquor has left fewer orphans than the whisperers and inventors of evil things. No hustler or pimp has ruined as many reputations as the whisperer and the inventor of evil things. Marijuana has ruined fewer minds than the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Armed with their computers and telephones, these scavengers of scum have broken more homes than harlots have broken. They have diseased more peo­ple than germs have, and they have crucified more people than the early Roman soldiers crucified. Their paradise is usually a country village or small town, where they know everybody and everything. Yet, these whisperers and inventors of evil things migrate like rodents to the city to do their damage in city neighborhoods, just as they did in their small towns. They transfer from their small churches to big churches and never change their methods.

It is always the same. They can see as far through a keyhole as others can through an open door. They can hear conversations that were never spoken. They can add things to statements that were never said. Their telephone wires reach to every house in the neighborhood. They have no taste for healthy news, only the scraps and peelings thrown in the backyard garbage can.

They dare criticize the media and the press, which today are so given to reporting that which is bad and so seldom reports that which is good. However, the new reports are like Sunday school literature com­pared to the garbage that comes from the tongues that dare to set themselves up as the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Compared to them, the National Inquirer is a Gospel tract.

To them, people are simply pincushions into which they push every sharp thing they have ever heard about them. They circle every field like buzzards searching for the slightest odor so they can find the dead carcass.

You will find them holding hammers. You will find them holding needles. You will find them using trow­els. You will find them using brooms. You will find them wearing stethoscopes. You will find them rock­ing infants on their knees. You will find them holding plow handles. You will find them holding saucepan handles. You will find them holding Bibles in the Sunday school class. You will find them holding books in the academy classroom. They are behind office desks. They are behind cashier windows.

Their favorite word is but. “I love him, but…” Their theme is “Well, he is a good guy, but…” “I like the preacher, but…”  “She is a sweet person, but…” Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to look at ourselves—not at our neighbor, but ourselves.



These whisperers would rather watch a building be torn down than watch one being constructed. They will go miles to watch a fire, but they will not go across the street to watch construction. They wreck many friendships. They have wrecked many marriages. They have broken many homes. They have shattered many dreams. They have destroyed many churches. They have killed many preachers. They have stolen much virtue. They have ruined many names. They have broken more friendships than all other evil forces combined. They are peddlers of thistles. They are inspectors of warts. They are peddlers of thorns. They are supervisors of boils. They form committees at street gutters. They attend every mudslinging car­nival they can find.

They are judges who hand down verdicts after hav­ing heard only one side of the case. No good justice system in the world passes judgment after hearing the case for the prosecution.  There is not an honest, just judge alive who would give a verdict after hearing just one side of the case. Yet, these whisperers, these talebearers, these inventors of evil things, never allow you to consider the other side. I am talking about the sin of whispering.

An ancient writer once wrote, “The slanderer and the one who listens should both be hanged; the slan­derer by his tongue and the hearer by his ear.” There would not be one whisperer if there were no listener. I contend that the robber who holds the bag into which the stolen jewels are deposited is just as guilty as the one who stole the jewels.


David Livingston, the famous missionary to Africa, was almost destroyed by the whisperers, the inven­tors of evil things. The Apostle Paul was easy prey for these whisperers. His personal appearance was lacking. He had a thorn in his flesh. He was unmarried and became vulnerable to all the barbs. Even our Lord was attacked by them. They said that He was a winebibber. These whisperers said that He was a friend of sinners. These whisperers said that He ate with publicans and sinners.

The saddest damage of all done by the whisperer and the inventor of evil is that which they do to them­selves. When the twilight of evening begins, and the shadows fall around your death pillow, as the ever­lasting day begins to dawn, you and I will stand before God and the books will be opened.

O be careful little tongue what you say,
O be careful little tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful little tongue what you say.

This song should really be sung like this:

O be careful big tongue what you say,
O be careful big tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful big tongue what you say.





There really is no need to talk about truth that is bad. You have enough good truth to discuss. There is no need for you to be the one who asks, “Did you hear about So-and-so?” Instead, you should ask, “Did you hear? Jesus died for sinners. Jesus was born of a virgin. Jesus lived thirty-three years without any sin. Jesus was crucified for sinners. Jesus was buried for our sins. Jesus arose from the dead for our sins. Jesus ascended to Heaven for our sins to intercede for us. Jesus is coming for us saved sinners. Did you hear the news? Jesus is going to rule and reign for a thousand years. Did you hear the news? God is good. Salvation is by grace through faith. Did you hear the news? God cares for His own.”

There are better things to discuss than the sins of another person.  If all of the words used on the gossip websites were used for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we would not have any trouble reaching the world with the Gospel.

Let ’s talk about Jesus, the King of Kings. Let’s talk about the Bible. Let’s talk about answered prayers. Let’s talk about soul winning. Let’s talk about the peo­ple being saved. Let’s talk about the people being baptized. Let’s talk about the Bible, God’s Word.  Let’s go soul winning. Let’s find that lost sheep. Let’s find that lost teenager. Let’s find that lost dad. Let’s find that lost mom. Why can’t we brag on Jesus? Why can’t we say, “Praise the Lord”? Why can’t we say, “God is good”?





Whether it is the Internet or the telephone, if you do not hear it or read it, you will not repeat it. There is a God in Heaven who will judge whisperers using their own words as evidence.

Friday, April 11, 2014

GOOD FRIDAY IN LIGHT OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

The Good Friday Lie


It is imperative that God’s people learn to study and think! Too many Christians are content to go with the flow of the mainstream religious community; they fail to contemplate and confer with the Scriptures, and this failure leaves them unable to rightly divide truth. Today’s Christians are a generation illiterate in the Scriptures. As a result, we are easily intimidated by our Christian friends and acquaintances. We are so unnerved when we find ourselves out of the main­stream that we quickly capitulate on any potentially controversial subject. 

In this day and time of terrorism, the word fundamentalist has literally brought fear into the hearts of those Bible believers who hold dear the lit­eral interpretation of the Scriptures. As a result, we find ourselves outside the religious loop, grappling with issues that were crystal clear to the past leaders of fundamentalism. However, we must not allow reli­gious tradition to take precedence over the inspired words of God.  This is a day when those who study and digest the Word of God must become a breath of fresh air.




In this chapter, we will discuss the subject of Good Friday in light of the Bible, rather than religious tradi­tion. Dr. John R. Rice, founder and editor of The Sword of the Lord, once told about a man who was running for office. After a day of campaigning, he went to his campaign manager and said, “Guess what my opponent did?”

“What?”
“He called me a liar.”
“That’s too bad.”
“But he did worse than that.”
“What was that?”
“He proved it on me,” the politician answered.

Now I am going to prove to the religious world that its teaching and practicing of Good Friday is wrong. All over America, on the Friday before Easter Sunday, Good Friday services are conducted. In fact, many Baptist churches and schools shut down on that Friday in observance of a Catholic holy day. Some Baptists even hold Good Friday services. They start the services at noon and end the services at three o’clock in observance of the supposed day of crucifixion so many centuries ago. This belief and practice is erroneous!

I will prove to you that our Lord was crucified on Wednesday. He was laid in the grave about six o’clock on Wednesday evening. He was in the grave Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, Thursday evening, all day Friday, Friday evening, and all day Saturday; He rose from the grave on Sunday.

It is very important to remember that the Jewish day started with the evening. The Bible does not say that the morning and the evening were the first day. It says,were the first d“And the evening and the morning day.” (Genesis 1:5) The Jewish day began at six o’clock in the evening, not at midnight as our day does.

Our Lord was in the grave three days and three nights.  Which days was Jesus in the grave? He was in the grave during the days of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Which nights was Jesus in the grave? He was in the grave during the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. He came out of the grave at the evening time early Sunday morning.

Let us take a closer look at the matter of the three days and three nights. In the Bible, the day is usually the light part of a twenty-four hour period. Thus, three days would be three periods of the light part. There are other meanings of the word day in the Bible.  It can be used to refer to such periods of time as “the day of the Lord,” “the day of calamity,” “the day of vengeance,” the day of “visitation,” and so forth.  How­ever, normally the Lord speaks about the light time in the twenty-four hour cycle when speaking of the day.

In Genesis 1:3-5, is the Lord talking about a twenty-four hour period when He talks about a day? No. He called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So, when the Lord talks about a day, He is talking about the light part of the twenty-four hours.  When He is talking about the darkness, or night, He is talk­ing about the dark part of the twenty-four hours. So, the evening and the morning were the first day.

When our Lord talks about three days in the grave, what does that mean? It simply means three light pe­riods. When He talks about three nights, He means three dark periods. The evening and the morning are a complete day.

John 11:9 says, “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in a day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” According to our Lord, there are twelve hours of light in one day. Exodus 13:21 says, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light; to go by day and night...” So, when the Lord says day, He does not mean the day and the night; He means the light part of the twenty-four hours.

Matthew 12:40 says, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights. How many hours are in a day? There are twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness, which equals twenty-four hours. Three times twelve equals thirty-six hours of light, and three times twelve equals thirty-six hours of darkness. Thirty-six hours of light plus thirty-six hours of dark­ness equals seventy-two hours all together. Therefore, Jesus was in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights or seventy-two hours.

The Lord Himself told us how many hours are in the day—twelve—and how many hours in the night—twelve. Thus, the Lord told us that He was in the heart of the earth for a total of seventy-two hours.

For the sake of discussion, let us assume that Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon at three o’clock. We have nine hours left until midnight. So, from midnight Friday until midnight Saturday we have twenty-four hours. Now, add twenty-four and nine, and you have a total of thirty-three hours. Jesus came out of the grave sometime Saturday night. So, let us add six more hours to the thirty-three, and we end up with a total of only thirty-nine hours.

It is impossible for Jesus to have been crucified on Friday! Since Jesus had to be in the heart of the earth for seventy-two hours, if He had been crucified on Friday, He would have needed to stay there Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. However, Matthew 28:1 says, “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn to­ward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The Bible tells us plainly that Jesus rose on the first day (Sunday), not the second day (Monday).

Why do so many churches observe Good Friday? They do so simply because their churches are built on traditions, not the Scriptures.

Luke 23:52-54 says, “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.”

The Sabbath was the day after the crucifixion. What day is the Sabbath? Saturday.  If the Sabbath was the day after the crucifixion, then what day would it nor­mally seem that our Lord was crucified? Friday! If we do not study the Scriptures carefully, it would seem that our Lord actually was crucified on Friday, as the Catholics teach.  This is where the Good Friday doc­trine emerges. The answer is an easy one.

There are two kinds of Sabbaths. There is the sev­enth day Sabbath and the high day Sabbath. In Leviticus 23, we have seven Sabbaths apart from the weekly Sabbath. These seven Sabbaths are the high day Sabbaths. They are as follows:

Ø  The first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (the day after Passover – verses 6-8)

Ø  The second Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (the seventh day of the feast – verse 8)

Ø  The Pentecost Sabbath (fifty days after the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath – verses)    (15-21)

Ø  The Sabbath of the Trumpets (verses 24-25)

Ø  The Sabbath of Atonement (verses 27-32)

Ø  The first Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath (verse 34-35)

Ø  The second Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath (verse 36)

None of these Sabbaths deal with the seventh day of the week. Thus, we have seven Sabbaths plus the weekly Sabbath.

John 19:31 says, “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not re­main upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”

The question is, Was Jesus crucified before one of the seven Sabbaths of Leviticus, or before the weekly Sabbath? John 19:14 says, “And it was the prepara­tion of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!” According to this verse, Jesus was crucified the day before the Passover Sabbath (or the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath), not the weekly Sabbath. Thus, Jesus had to have been crucified on Wednesday, with Thursday being the Passover Sabbath.

Matthew 28:1 says, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepul­chre.” Now, to which Sabbath is this verse referring? It is referring to the weekly Sabbath. The Sabbath af­ter His crucifixion—which occurred on a Thursday—was a high Sabbath, and the Sabbath before His res­urrection was a weekly Sabbath—Saturday—because the Bible says that the next day was the first day of the week.

The conclusion is quite clear. Jesus could not have been crucified on Friday because there were two Sabbath days that had to occur before He was resur­rected. Therefore, the first night our Lord was in the grave was the Passover Sabbath (the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath), or Thursday, the first month and the fifteenth day. Therefore, the second Sabbath was the weekly Sabbath.

That is why Mary Magdalene said, “…after the sab­bath.” Jesus was in the grave during two Sabbaths: the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (also called the Passover Sabbath) on Thursday, and the weekly Sabbath on Saturday.