Good Friday!
The Suffering and Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross!
Pastor Jerry Ghirardo
Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Key Verses: 

  • 1 Peter 2:24 - "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness: "by his wounds you have been healed."
  • John 15:13 - "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."


  • Isaiah 53:2 - "He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him."
  • Isaiah 53:3 - "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.  Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised and we held him in low esteem."
  • Isaiah 53:4 - "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted."
  • Isaiah 53:5 - "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."
  • Isaiah 53:6 - "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
  • Isaiah 53:7 - "He was oppressed and afflicted yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before it's shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth."
  • Isaiah 53:8 - "By oppression and judgment he was taken away.  Yet who of his generation protested?  For he was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of my people he was punished."
  • Isaiah 53:9 -  "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence nor was any deceit in his mouth."
  • Isaiah 53:10 - "Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand."
  • Isaiah 53:11 - "After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities."

The Crucifixion of Jesus

  • Luke 23:26-28 - "As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.  A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.  Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep for yourselves and for your children." 
  • Luke 23:32-34 - "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called Golgotha, the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left."  Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
  • Luke 23:35-37 - "The people stood watching and the rulers even sneered at him.  They said, 'He saved others; let him save himself if he is God's Messiah, the Chosen One.  The soldiers also came up and mocked him.  They offered him wine vinegar and said, "if you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
  • Luke 23:39-43 - "One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him; 'Aren't you the Messiah?  Save yourself and us!"  But the other criminal rebuked him.  "Don't you fear God, he said, since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."  Then he said, "Jesus, remember we when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."

The Death of Jesus

  • John 19:28-30 - "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty.  A jar of wine vinegar was there so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.'  With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
  • Luke 23:44-46 - "It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice.  'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.  When he had said this, he breathed his last."
  • John 19:31-33 - "Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.  Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.  The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.  But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dad, they did not break his legs."
  • John 19:34-37 - "Instead one of the soldiers pierced Jesus side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.  The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.  These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled.  "Not one of his bones will be broken, and as another scripture says, 'They will look on the one they have pierced."
  • Luke 23:47-49 - "The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, 'Surely this was a righteous man.'  When all the people who had gathered to witness the sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.  But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things."

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