On this Good Friday, April 10, 2020, things are quite different than usual for obvious reasons. This weekend will be different for the church as we are still not able to meet because of COVID-19. I couldn’t help but think about the Easter plays and choir presentations that will not be taking place this year. If you think about it, that’s a lot of presentations! It is also usually the time of year where many people attend church by invitation or visitation. In short, it is a busy period for the church right up with Christmas. But again, we cannot meet at this time and it is discouraging. The question “How long?” burns fervently on everyone’s minds.
Despite the current circumstances, let us be encouraged by the fact that Jesus’ paid for our sins “once for all” (Hebrews 7:27; 9:12, 26; 10:10) . The book of Hebrews uses the phrase “once for all” 4 times to drive home the fact that what Jesus did on the cross was final, as He cried out “it is finished” (John 19:30).
Think about that, because it is something we must be reminded of. Despite COVID-19, despite the chaos throughout the world, despite the media, and despite the ongoing fears, concerns, anxieties, and frustrations, Jesus paid for our sins, once for all through the shedding of His blood.
He managed to do what countless animal sacrifices had never done nor could ever do. His one act of salvation outdoes every single of our good deeds (which is “filthy rags”) combined. He tore the veil. He conquered the grave. He brought about forgiveness and redemption as a propitiation of our sins ! As a penal substitution, He drank the cup of God’s wrath on our behalf! And He did it “once for all”.
He will never do it again for there is no need to do it again. His “once for all” sacrifice stands the test of time and eternity. So despite being under quarantine and not meeting at church physically, it does not make what Jesus did any less effective. Nor it shouldn’t make us fear what is going on in the world around us. And it does not make this year’s Good Friday a Bad Friday. For it is still Good Friday! Christ shed His blood for you “once for all”, so that you would be more than welcome in God’s presence forever.
Friends, be encouraged this weekend and thank the Lord for what He has done through His Son who paid it all, “once for all”!
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow