Matthew 27:25 – Let His blood be on us and our children. Good Friday sermon by Rev. Ralph Adams.
When I was a kid, I wondered why today is called ‘Good Friday’. On this day, we remember that long ago, something horrible, something very bad, happened. We remember how our Lord Jesus died cruelly and painfully, on a cross. How could this be a good Friday?
The Bible tells us how Jesus cried out those heart-wrenching words from Psalm 22, “My God… My God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Mt.27:46) Even the sky overhead grew black and menacing, as if God was forbidding the sun to shine. Then an earthquake shook the city of Jerusalem. Was the ground trembling in fear of God? Many people went away from the scene of the crucifixion, beating their chests in regret at what had happened (Luke 23:48).
Surely, this had to be the worst and saddest Friday in history. So, instead of Good Friday, shouldn’t we call today Sad Friday or something? But we don’t. We call today, Good Friday. Why is this? In the sermon this morning, I will attempt to answer that question.
Now, to leave that aside, I have entitled the sermon for this morning, ‘Sprinkled by His blood.’ And the text for the sermon is Matthew 27:25… “All the people answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ “