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Jon Bloom is the President of Desiring God Ministries (only recently stepping out of the Executive Director position) and frequently writes for their blog. I was moved today and a bit redirected in my thoughts about Good Friday from his post, “Could My Tears Forever Flow?” 

One astonishing thing about the Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus is that they include almost no detail. They all simply say some form of “they crucified him.”

I’ve thought about this before especially with respect to Jesus’ flogging and the heavy focus on what happened around him, especially given how much text we are given on Jesus’ final sequence. When they flog Jesus, it’s barely given a sentence. The only place where the Bible describes his appearance at this moment is the prophecy text from Isaiah 53. Mr. Bloom asks why we don’t have more detail on his physical suffering, on the shear brutality of the crucifixion, on how it was one of the worst ways to die ever devised. The first reason Mr. Bloom offers is this: because it was simply too hard to describe, too unbelievable that He would suffer like physically as well as spiritually and mentally taking on the sin of the world. But Mr. Bloom’s second reason almost completed redirected me:

But another reason is that it is not the Son’s suffering that Father wants us primarily to see. He wants us primarily to see what the Son’s suffering accomplishes: “in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

For this reason God is not impressed if we are deeply moved over Jesus’ torment. Unbelievers are moved to tears watching The Passion of the Christ. “Could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone.” He is impressed with whether or not we believe in the gospel Jesus preached.

It is true that God the Son suffered more than we’ll ever know. And it is right to pray for softer hearts and a more profound grasp of what Jesus endured to save us. But as we survey the wondrous cross today, remember that in our worship God will not be looking for tears, he will be looking for trust.

In all my thoughts about the Cross today, have I looked at what He accomplished? Surely, God desires for us to understand the extent that He went to redeem and adopt us but Good Friday does not need to be a day of forced tears and meditation on Jesus’ pain. I remember Good Friday as a kid growing up in a more traditional church. My mom would have us take an hour of silence and quiet during the middle of the day. I respected this time immensely but you know what? I thought about what Jesus did but I had no clue what He actually accomplished. I was moved and saddened and I may have even had an idea of my sin. But I had no idea what His words meant: “It is finished!” Don’t get me wrong, I still think back to that tradition of silence around noon every Good Friday, but now it’s hard for me to be saddened for too long because that is not where Jesus calls us to dwell! Don’t miss what Jesus accomplished! Don’t miss what is finished:

And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.  
(Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV)

Once for all time! It is finished! Our sin is paid for! No more trying to fake our own goodness, hoping we’ve done just enough, wallowing in failure, or giving ourselves over to our desires because we think it’s too late anyway. No more of that. Just trust Him today. I don’t think that God is looking for an emotional display today on Good Friday but your love and trust as one of his sons and daughters. Rest in confidence today. Rest in full assurance that Jesus paid it all.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23 ESV)

Read the entire article from Mr. Bloom here: “Could My Tears Forever Flow?”

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