As we enter Easter season and Passion Week, I’m thrilled in my heart to once again be able to re-read those familiar passages in the four Gospels of God’s Holy Word, of how Christ suffered and willingly laid down His life on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we owed! When I think about what it cost our Savior to purchase our Redemption, I am overwhelmed with amazement that Someone would love us that much!
Probably the most familiar Bible verse known to man is 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.” What unfathomable love!
During this wonderful season of the year, I’ve also thought many times…. “When did Christ actually die?” The traditional day of the week has always been Friday, thus, the Christian holy day “Good Friday”. Most people think this was Crucifixion Day because Jesus told his followers and the religious Jewish leaders that “he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day” (Matt 16:21). It was also the day before the Sabbath.
Some, on the other hand, tend to believe his crucifixion had to have been on Thursday, for he told the Jewish scribes and Pharisees in Matt 12:40: “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.” A Friday death would only allow two nights before Resurrection Sunday, instead of three, as He predicted in this verse.
Although we may never be able to agree on the day of Christ’s death, nor ever know for sure, the Bible is still God’s infallible Word. And I want to share with you a glorious truth from it that we do know. The Bible does indeed tell us when Jesus died for our sins…and it has absolutely nothing to do with days of the week! It’s all found in the book of Romans, chapter 5.
First, He died when we were without strength. Verse 6 says, “For when we were yet without strength…Christ died for the ungodly.” We were too weakened by the filth of our flesh to save ourselves. Only the almighty Son of God has power to save!
Secondly, He died when God’s appointed time came. Verse 6 also explains, “…in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” He left the beauty and splendor of Heaven, being the eternal Word of God, to take on flesh and reveal the Father to the world He created, only later to be rejected by His Father in order to become our Sacrificial Lamb to save us from our sins!
And lastly, Christ died when we were sinners. Verse 8 proclaims, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” There is nothing good in ourselves that could make us righteous before our Holy God. The Scripture plainly states, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). But on that glorious day when Christ died, His holy blood atoned for our sins!
So as we celebrate His crucifixion and resurrection this weekend, remember this: the day or date when Christ died takes a back seat to the awesome thought that when He died, He gave His life at just the right time…to purchase eternal salvation for weak, helpless sinners like you and I! Praise God for the Lamb that was slain!!
Have you trusted Him to be your Savior? Accept Him today!