by Brian Fletcher

Good Friday Service
Brian Fletcher

We will be reading a lot of scripture. We want to hear and understand the full story of what happened and this is how God has chosen to tell us about it.

23:22 I have found no guilt in him

23:28 do not weep for me but for yourselves

The innocence of Jesus and the guilt of man. Everyone seemed to know that Jesus was innocent and they also realized their own guilt.

This passage is about the innocent dying for the guilty. So first we have to understand that Jesus was innocent and secondly we have to understand that we are guilty. And then finally, we have to understand what it means that the innocent would die for the guilty.

Jesus was innocent.

A brief look at the life of Jesus reveals that he was sinless.

As early as twelve years old the Scriptures tell us that Jesus was ''filled with wisdom and the favor of God was upon him.''

Satan himself was unable to get Jesus to sin, even with his virulent temptations.

None of the gospels reports any wrongdoing on Jesus' part. And to the Jews who opposed him, Jesus asked this question, ''Which of you convicts me of sin?'' and he receives no answer.

Pilate finds no guilt in Jesus.

Herod seems to find no guilt in Jesus.

The thief on the cross knows that Jesus is not worthy to be crucified.

2 Corinthians 5:21, ''For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.''

Hebrews 4:15, in speaking of Jesus our high priest, ''For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.''

We are guilty

The Bible is very clear on the topic of the universality of human sin and its consequences.

Romans 3:10-18, 23

as it is written: ''None is righteous, no, not one;
11no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12All have turned aside; together they
have become worthless;
no ...

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