Good Friday: “Jesus Died for Us” – What Does that Mean?

Happy Good Friday! We hope you’re continuing to be safe and practice social distance in accordance with our government’s instructions, and we pray you’re keeping well. In this challenging period of separation and uncertainty, there’s no better time for us to consider the essence of our hope in this unpredictable life: salvation in Christ alone. On this day, we remember the first part of Easter — the suffering of Jesus on the cross, His death, and His burial. Though it’s a solemn occasion, we call it “Good Friday” because it represents such indrescribably good news for we who love Christ.

The meaning and message of Good Friday is what Pastor explains in today’s message — specifically, what does it mean when we say “Jesus died for us/for our sins”? Who is included in “us”? If I live well, am I still sinful? What was the purpose of Jesus’s death? Is this even relevant to me? Watch the message below to find out more.

Once again, we’re so thankful to be able to enjoy music provided by the Gettys, chosen by Eliza.

Thanks for worshipping with us today!

First Song: The Power of the Cross


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Message: “Jesus Died for Us”: What Does that Mean?

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 5:12-21

12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. 14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Second Song: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Closing Prayer

Pastor Ralph opens with a reading from Hymn 128 in Sankey’s Songs and Solos, called “Substitution.”

Thank you, Pastor Ralph, for the work you put into these messages, which help us to better know Christ through God’s Word, the Bible.

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