T - TREE ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ Galatians 3:13b
John chapter 19 v 17 – 18 ‘and he went out, bearing his own cross, to The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them’
‘Three crosses standing side by side, Of broken law a sign, Two for their own transgressions died, The middle one for mine, The middle One the Son of God, Shedding His blood for me, And trusting in that precious blood. I’m safe eternally.’ (Anon)
The Saviour’s cross, He died for the sins of the world
The scoffer’s cross, he deserved to die but scorned the Saviour
The sinner’s cross, he died for his sins but received the Saviour’s forgiveness and assurance of eternal life at Calvary.
On Good Friday we focus on the suffering of Christ as He died on the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ The Lord Jesus Christ became a curse for us by bearing our sins on the tree in order that the curse of sin could be removed from us. How great is that love!
When He cried ‘It is finished’, He had fully paid the price for our salvation.
Oh to see the dawn, Of the darkest day
Christ on the road to Calvary, Tried by sinful men
Torn and beaten, then Nailed to a cross of wood
This, the power of the cross, Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the wrath, We stand forgiven at the cross
Oh, to see the pain, Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin
Ev’ry bitter thought, Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning your bloodstained brow
Now the daylight flees, Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head, Curtain torn in two
Dead are raised to life ‘Finished!’ the vict’ry cry
Oh, to see my name, Written in the wounds
For through the suffering I am free
Death is crushed to death, Life is mine to live
Won through your selfless love.
By Stuart Townend / Keith Getty