Calvary It Is Finished
Good Friday was indeed the darkest day in history. It was the day when Jesus was mocked, beaten, rejected, and ultimately crucified for simply speaking truth. Below is a piece of the scripture from that night over 2000 years ago. There is where today’s Vantage Point, Calvary It Is Finished takes place.
The Death of Jesus Matthew 45, 50-55
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” 55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
The scripture above paints the picture that no other words could do. This is the moment in history where darkness took over. Light faded, both figuratively and literally that day and all hope appeared lost. This moment was one that those closest to Jesus even denied would ever come to be. They wouldn’t understand until it was finished what would come to be.
As we enter this stage of the Easter season, there is a great moment to sit in this place of the unknown. I think a lot of people live in this spot. Unsure of the future; unsure of the next step; unsure of the final outcome. It’s hard to move forward and cling to any small shred of hope. I can’t imagine being there, witnessing the crucifixion and seeing the physical ramifications taking place at that moment. The darkness. The earthquake. The fear. But this is what took place so many years ago. Without Jesus speaking in his dying breath, “it is finished,” there would be no Easter Sunday. The pain had to proceed the resurrection. The Cross had to take place to complete the prophecies of old. It’s here that the story unfolds.
The visuals behind the Calvary It Is Finished series speaks to that darkness, that unknown moment. A time when doubt, fear, and uncertainty would surround so many. These visuals have been designed for Good Friday services and services speaking to the darkness of that day. We hope they allow you to usually transform your congregation to that hill where Jesus died.
It Is Finished
Don’t gloss over the message of Good Friday. Don’t rush the process. Don’t overlook the pain. Tell the story, share the drama of the moment.