Without Good Friday, there would be no Easter Sunday. So, let’s not rush too quickly to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection without first remembering all that He accomplished in His death.  Here is a partial list:

  • God’s wrath was satisfied. (1 John 4:10) “Propitiation” is an act that satisfies the wrath of an offended person (in this case, God).
  • Christ was my substitute on the cross.  He died instead of me.  (2 Corinthians 5:21a)
  • He took my sin and imputed to me His righteousness in exchange. (2 Corinthians 5:21b)
  • God was glorified. (John 13:31)
  • He bore my griefs and carried my sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4)
  • He was wounded for my transgressions, crushed for my iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5a)
  • His punishment brought me peace. (Isaiah 53:5b)
  • He was beaten so that I could experience true healing. (Isaiah 53:5b)
  • He bore all my iniquity. (Isaiah 53:6)
  • He was abandoned by God that I might be accepted by God. (Matthew 27:46)
  • He redeemed me from a curse by becoming a curse for me. (Galatians 3:13)
  • He unjustly received what I justly deserved. (Luke 23:41)
  • God’s righteousness was revealed. (Romans 3:25-26)
  • Christ showed His love for me. (Romans 5:8)
  • He cancelled the debt I owed to God that I could never repay. (Colossians 2:14)
  • He disarmed demonic rulers and authorities, and put them to open shame by triumphing over them. (Colossians 2:15)
  • God’s law has been fulfilled and my condemnation removed. (Romans 8:1-4)
  • I was crucified with Him. (Galatians 2:20)
  • Jesus became my sympathetic high priest. (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Through His suffering, I can come to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
  • He tasted death so that I would never have to taste it. (John 11:25-26)
  • He was showered with judgement He did not deserve (Mark 15:13-14), so that I could be showered with grace that I did not deserve. (Romans 3:24)

These are just a few of the good things about Good Friday. If you are interested in reading more, check out Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die, by John Piper.