Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 9, 2020

Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the Beginning of the End

The End of What?

Tomorrow is the day we observe Good Friday and while that is the day we remember the crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ; Easter Sunday is the occasion we celebrate His resurrection from the dead. A historic change in man’s relationship to God had occurred; by God’s grace the barrier between God and man that had been created by Adam’s deliberate sin of disobedience had been removed by the death of our Lord, the Second Adam from above.

You may recall in Genesis 2:15-17

“15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Unfortunately Adam choose to disobey God and when he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he, and all of humanity present and future died in Adam. As I’ve observed before, that means that you and I and every human born of a human father are born spiritually dead. It is the sin of Adam that created the barrier between God and man and the primary reason the Lord Jesus Christ suffered death as our kinsman-redeemer.

The Tearing of the Curtain on Good Friday

God gave us a symbol of the removal of this barrier when, at the time of the crucifixion, the curtain between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in Herod’s temple was torn from the top to the bottom; signifying that access to God was now open to mankind through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By his death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ had paid the penalty for all human sin for all time; sin had been removed as a barrier between God and man. As hard as it may be to imagine, personal sin is no longer the issue; the only remaining issue requiring resolution is receiving the forgiveness of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and God.

The Good News

Because of the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, the end had come for sin as a barrier between God and man. This is effectively expressed in 1 John 2:1-2 where it is written:

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”

I have written more on this in Is There One Unforgivable Sin?

The church can now proclaim a message of hope, a message of reconciliation and good news for a suffering humanity:


(First published April 3, 2015, revised and updated)


  1. David. Don’t know if I have told you lately but I thoroughenjoy and BENEFIT from your blogs. We miss worshiping and Bible study with you and Adele but someday(maybe in the not too distant future) we ll all be enjoying heavenly fellowship. I m praying for the Rapture.

    On a personal note, you got me interested in SACD music several years ago and gave me good advice on what I needed,etc. I brought a expensive system from Best Buy which included a Pioneer Elite model Blu-ray player. Over the years I ve enjoyed almost daily playing Sacd, super audio, etc cds. In past couple of months, it’s become fickle and now only accepts my true Sacd version cds. I don’t think I ve touched any settings, etc but to no avail I can’t play classical music cds that I played previously. Any technical suggestions?

    thanks..stay healthy…we worship a truly risen Savior. Jim Hastings

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Jim,

      Thank you, I’m delighted you find them helpful! I too look forward to going home and hope the time is soon!

      Regarding your player, I suggest you go to settings and click on restore factory defaults; that will usually do the trick if the player doesn’t have a technical problem. Let me know if that works; if it doesn’t, it may need service.

      Best regards to you and Elaine!



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