Good Friday: The cross of Jesus that preachers don’t like to talk about

Today is the day we remember the willing sacrifice that Christ became for our salvation. He was crucified to death on a wooden cross and made a spectacle for the world to see – yet it was His choice to die. Oh the people of that day, the Romans and the Jewish leaders thought they were in control, that they were simply killing a man who claimed to be God, whom they mocked with a sign that said “King of the Jews”. But the ones that knew Him, while they didn’t completely understand what was going on at the time, the knew He could have saved Himself from this ‘punishment’. After all they had seen Him do miraculous things, even bringing Lazarus back from the dead.

So why did He choose to die if he could have saved himself?

Remember when Jesus was in the garden before His death and He pleaded for God to take this cup from Him?

Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” … Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26: 38-39,42

I saw this amazing clip below from a sermon Paul Washer did some years back where he asks the question ‘what was in the cup that made Jesus tremble in the garden?’ The answer can’t be captured in some cheesy cliché that you’ve heard your whole life. It is far too profound.

Paul Washer explains below:


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72 thoughts on “Good Friday: The cross of Jesus that preachers don’t like to talk about

  1. I must admit I wrestle with the topic of it “pleasing” God to crush his son Jesus. I really really wish I could speak with passion about it like Mr. Washer does, but I feel inadequate to do so. I don’t believe I will ever fully iunderstand it until I am in Heaven and maybe even then I will not fully undertand it. Don’t get me wrong I do believe it “pleased” God to crush Jesus, but – to me – to truly understand this topic is one of those secret things spoken of in Deuteronomy 29:29.

  2. Thank you for this. I have long appreciated your blog, your support of Sarah, and of the great principles upon which we were so wisely founded. This post clearly demonstrates to me just why you have stood in other ways so well. May we all kneel……never forget, and thank Jesus for His saving grace. Amen

  3. Powerful indeed. But I could have done without the offhanded and very unnecessary slander of Charismatic preachers at the beginning. My entire experience as a follower of Christ has been within the Charismatic movement, and never once have I or a preacher I sat under intimated for a second that Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane had anything to do with fear of the Enemy. The very suggestion is absurd.

  4. I highly recommend The Fourth Cup, and The Lamb’s Supper books and DVD’s from Dr. Scott Hahn on the Paschal Sacrifice of Our Lord….sorry no links, but they aren’t hard to find. Thanks Scoop. What a day today…the tabernacle is empty today. Dark. Imagine if we were there and weren’t sure of that light on the third day.

  5. Thank You RS and for everyone’s inspiring words of hope and glory to the highest, our loving God. May he bring many to him through Christ our Savior, for he is risen. We must never forget Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.

    I’m humbled by the little girls answer, the “CUP” is Gods wrath……..” never truer words spoken. Blessed are we who seek the word of God, for his mercy, grace and forgiveness.

    Thank You Jesus for you are the great Redeemer to my soul. Praise Be to our heavenly Father, Son and Holy spirit. *Amen*

  6. Does anybody know what the “stumbling block of the cross of Christ is ? I say, that if you don’t, you probably have stumbled over it. A challege -yes – but one that could bring life .

  7. Remarks are not necessary, but a profound and soulful introspection of our dedication to our most holy Lord Jesus Christ. A sacrifice of such magnitude overwhelms me and makes me search my soul so that I may consider myself worthy of such an offering.

    I am more than thankful for his love and dedication to us and though I fall short, it is him that I run to in prayer and seek his forgiveness, his mercy and his grace. He did it all for us and nothing I can do or will do will reach the magnitude of his most precious love that he shows to us every day.

    This day, where I live is celebrated as a holiday. Sunday and Monday as well. It is treated with the dignity and respect it is due.

    I keep debating with myself which is more significant. Christmas or Easter? One without the other would make his sacrifice meaningless and so I conclude that they are both very profound and significant. I guess living where I do, has given me a better perspective on how special Easter is because it is our hope and our faith in him that we will all one day see that wonderful Lamb of God and behold his majesty. What a glorious and wonderful holiday this is. Without it our souls would be lost. Praise God! Praise Jesus! Praise The Holy Spirit. Redeemer of my soul!

    Thank you The Right Scoop for a wonderful post, for a wonderful understanding what that cup was and Mr. Washer is correct. Beware! Preachers who are wolves wearing sheep’s clothing. Your soul should shutter knowing that you would lead his flock astray.

    1. Fireplug….What if we started celebrating Christmas and Easter, within ourselves, on a daily basis? Beginning each morning, the birth of a new opportunity to become a better person in His eyes, and ending each evening giving Thanks for His Gift and resting in Peace thru His Grace. The time in between we “Worship God in Spirit and in Truth.” I believe things will get better. Happy Easter and Merry Christmas….

      1. You are correct on so many points except one. It will not get better. Just as the Muslim nations and Israel will never find peace and neither will it get better elsewhere. If anything it will get worse. When it does, are you and I prepared to do what is required of us?

        I do wake every day giving thanks to God Almighty that I have another day in which I can do better and you know in some things I do. In others I fall short of his glory, but I know with certainty where I struggled and felt he was not there for me, is when I know he carried me through it.

        It will get better when Revelations and all the other prophesy’s are fulfilled. In the meantime, I will take my opportunity to ensure that his word is alive in me and that as a citizen in the country that was inspired by his Holy Spirit is not reduced to spiritual rubble lead by godless men and women.

        If more is ask of me by his Holy Spirit I hope that I have the wisdom to discern what is light and not darkness. He is more alive in me today than ever before though my fellowship can be questioned, my love of Jesus Christ is complete by his death on that cross and my soul rest in him.

        And to you Texas I wish you and yours such a blessed time on such a glorious and wonderful day that was given to us by his most holy sacrifice and that your coming days will be a gift of Christmas to all whom you encounter and that your family will be blessed beyond measure.

  8. Awesome. That’s the best eisegesis that I’ve ever heard on that passage. Makes perfect sense. Christ who had never known sin, was about to take all that sin, wrath, judgement, and the fear that goes with it upon himself. Yet He knew what his mission was and was not about to turn back, so he accepted his orders from His father to gain a better resurrection. Which is precicely the thought process of the early martyrs. Those that are being slaughtered in the Islamic world know it too.


    Here’s something that is appropos to the occasion. Kim and others may like it:

    1. I am unsure of how to respond. I think I will give you the benefit of the doubt. The term “eisegesis” is used when someone is preaching POORLY from the text. Eisegesis is loosely defined, “placing my own understanding upon the text.”

      The term more appropriate to be used is “exegesis”. In exegesis, the person is “allowing the text to bring out its own meaning.” There is a huge difference.

      If you truly thought “eisegesis” shame on you and the comment is outside of the parameters that TRS set up for this thread. However, if you were thinking exegesis, then SPOT ON.

  9. Thanks for posting this powerful inspirational message. Inspite of all things that are going on today and take place around us all, may all have a Great Spirit filled Easter. May God bless us all, May god Bless the whole world, May God Bless America.

    Again thank you Scoop!

  10. When I start to believe that there is no hope, and everything seems dreary, my fingers reach for the silver cross that always hangs around my neck. That cross has been there through the death of my mother, grandparents, friends, and my pets who are also my family. I held that cross with tears streaming down my face when I watched the horror of 9/11 on TV. I grasped it firmly in my fingers when I watched the inauguration of a terrible man named Obama, who I believed would destroy my country. Through all the events of my life over the past twenty years since receiving it as a Christmas gift, that very same cross has hung around my neck, and it has brought me comfort and provided me with the strength I need. I may not be an avid church goer. I may not always remember to be the best I know I can be towards others. But, my faith is unshakable.

    1. Constance, if I may; “Worship God in Spirit and in Truth, on these two things hang all the law and the prophets.” Happy Easter

  11. That’s right! LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE…….DIE TO YOURSELF………

    The preaching of the cross and resurrection need to be preached again and again and again, not just during Easter. It is the essence of Christianity. Only a few are willing to die to themselves, so that they can be resurrected. That’s why there’s no power in Christianity, and nobody is doing what Jesus did, because most people refuse to die to themselves.

    Oh yeah! We’ve been bombarded with prosperity teaching and, therefore, everyone put an emphasis on materialistic things and stuff. The church is always the gateway and the gatekeeper of a nation. What is happening to the church is precisely what will happen to the nation, and this nation has certainly reaped what has been sown……in a big, big, big way. A nation who rejects God and put emphasis on materialistic stuff.

    Our nation needs to get back to the cross and resurrection, the essence of Christianity, so that the fear of God and power will also return to this nation. Wake up Church…….wake up! Once you are awakened, the whole nation will also be awakened.

    2 Chronicles 7:14:
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and SEEK My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and HEAL their land.

  12. Thank you for posting this. VERY powerful.

    Thank God for this great sacrifice. Thank you Lord for my salvation!

  13. These posts are beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time.

    My prayer (from God’s promise in Isaiah 55:11) is that His Word that is spoken through you, this pastor in this wonderful video and the testimony of others will not return unto Him void but will touch the hearts and lives of all who read them and will accomplish what He pleases.

    Thanks, Scoop, for making it possible to share the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord with others here on this site. It is truly a blessing!

  14. While I can understand the message of bringing to death (sin) and to life what Adam’s sin brought to death, and you’re right God isn’t an ogre, but He is a Holy and Righteous God, a Merciful Judge, and a Forgiving Father- but He always has required a blood sacrifice for sins. To me, my human part is a little put off by the bloodiness of that, but the part of me who because of His Holy Spirit, I know He is Holy and Righteous, and I can not question Him on His requirements of payment for sin. It is because of His Love that He sent His only begotten Son to die, that those who believe on Him will have everlasting life. I look at the love of His payment for my sins, so I don’t have to pay them myself.

    1. Somewhere in the old testament it say,’the life is in the blood’ it is the ‘life’ that is important not the blood,( represented by the blood),because ‘the Life is in the blood’ GOD sent his Son to save mankind from their sins,to do this HE had to undo what Adam did and the only way to do that was to put to death that life that Adam brought to life and still remain alive. hence the new birth.-may not make any sense but it’s the best I can do.,consider GOD is good,HE is just as good to his fallen creatures as HE is to his unfallen for the simple reason,that HE is good and has nothing else to give. Now consider what hell is, the only reason anyone goes there is because they are opposed or contrary to GOD,( GOD is good) they are contray to good,and when something meets it’s contrary there is discomfort and discomfort taken to an extreme is wrath and wrath taken to an extreme is fire, hence hell is fire because those that are there see GOD’s love coming at them as 100% contray to what they are in themselves therefore to them it’s extreme discomfort i.e. the fire of “hell” in reality the flames of fire they see are really GOD’s arms of love reaching out to them but they see them as flames of fire–.well that’s what I see GOD showing me anyways,pray about it and maybe it will help. GOD is good will always remain good because HE has nothing else to give.Hense maybe it will help you see what the ‘wrath of GOD ‘ is. In Isaiah it says ‘ there is no wrath in me says the Lord GOD’ there is no ‘wrath in GOD but there is a ‘wrath of GOD’ but to whom to those that are contrary and only to those that are contrary. MY GOD bless you this Easter,hope this makes a little sense, BobMc

      1. “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22 NIV)

        Psalm 6:1, “O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.” Psalm 90:7, “We are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.” Hosea 13:11, “I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.” Romans 2:8, “For those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury [anger].”

        With all due respect, and in the Spirit of love, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Try reading the actual Bible. You have cited zero actual verses here.

        1. I don’t know what happened to my first reply but I will try it again: As long as it’s the “peace of Christ” in your heart that objects, to what I wrote, please continue down the course that HE has sit out for you. never meant to offend anyone just trying to point to Him that gave his life for us.

          1. I don’t take any offense to what you’re saying Bobmc. I think I understand what you’re saying, but Rshill is right also in that all sin needs to be cleansed by blood, but you know that the blood of Christ washes us clean if we choose Him. Hell is a real place, but God doesn’t send anyone there, they send themselves there for not accepting and recieving Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I shudder to think of what hell is like, because like it or not, there will be lots of people there who did good deeds in this life. But because their works were not for the glory of God, their works were in vain.. and because they choose to deny Christ, they remain separate from Holy God. Keep in His Word mr. Bob, trust in the Holy Spirit to show you what the Lord wants you to learn. And may He bless you as well 🙂

            1. Thank-you, may God richly bless you with the knowledge of himself. yours ‘in Christ’ Bob. 🙂

  15. Exactly! Thank you Scoop for posting this! I hear so much from people, blaming the Jews, blaming the Romans for crucifying Jesus. People ask a lot, who sent Jesus to the cross, but they expect to hear either the Jews or the Romans. I used to say it was my sins that sent Him to the cross, which is still a part of it- but so many don’t realize, and I never did until a short while ago, that GOD Sent Jesus to the cross. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?!” That was in the cup. God’s wrath. This was the best explanation I have seen, and thank you again for posting it Scoop.

    Thank you Jesus that you went through mocking, torture, and excruciating pain and humiliation of the cross and all of the wrath of Our Father…. for me.

    Thank you Jesus that you rose again, and that by defeating death, I can live with you for eternity.

  16. There is much need for contemplation as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from death. One of the things that causes me to pause is the suffering of God’s Wrath Jesus experienced for us.

    My family eats the Seder meal on the night of His betrayal. The powerful testimony of what Jesus suffered as the perfect, sacrificial lamb through the story of Passover brings me to a deeper aweness of our God.

    I wish we Christians would spend as much time on the Passion of Christ as we do with Jesus’ birth. The birth is important, but the suffering death and resurrection are the true demonstration of His love for us.

    He is Risen!

    1. When I was young, I liked Christmas the most out of any other holiday of the year, because I liked to think of Jesus coming to earth to be born. When I became born again, I realized that while His birth is important and not to be forgotten, it is what took place on “Easter” that is the true gift of our Lord. 🙂 God Bless you and your family this Resurrection Day,Puritan.

    2. So true!! People need to meditate very often on His sacrifice, the pain, the humiliation. We must truly be made aware of it often throughout our lives.

  17. Consider: Jesus died to bring to death that life that Adam brought to life, and bring to life that Life that Adam brought to death, not to appease an infinite wrath in GOD toward mankind.- “for GOD so loved the world” where is the wrath in that? GOD is not some oger that need to have ‘ blood for blood’ but came to “destory the works of the devil” and that is the ‘life that Adam brought to life’, food for thought anyway, consider it prayfully,and it just might have a ring of truth in it?

    1. If Christians would do right {myself included} we would be fine.

      If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  18. Like A Lamb

    You came and you died, and some of us didn’t even notice
    Your innocence tried, the Pharisee questioning your motives
    I find no fault in him Pontius Pilate cried
    And like a lamb, you died for me
    Your blood on the tree, you died for me

    The Cornerstone, the one the builders threw away
    The Father’s own, beauty and blamelessness betrayed
    Lay not this fault on them, Father forgive he cried
    And like a lamb, like a Man, he died for me
    At first I couldn’t see, he died for me

    Suddenly, I didn’t have to feel my way
    Through the darkness, of an endless night
    Because you, the Son, rose for me
    And that morning I could see, I could see

    For in the darkness, we still know shadows abide
    But in the light of you, they cannot hide
    They’ll do, just what we make them do
    And mine followed me to you

    (Rshill7 1991)

  19. Wow. Powerful stuff. Thanks for posting this Scoop.

    One of the most memorable books I’ve ever read was Quo Vadis, an account of the early Christians. It describes some of the persecution of the Church. The characters and scenes are haunting and have stayed with me to this day.

  20. For those who don’t know Christ:

    If you ever told a lie, if you have ever stolen anything, if you ever looked with lust in your entire life, you are not perfect and face the wrath of a perfect God as an unrepentant lying, thieving, adulterer at heart. But God provided his Son to pay your penalty, but you must accept the free gift of perfect forgiveness. That is the heart of Christianity. Perfection is required, which is impossible from a human standpoint. But we can be perfect in God’s eyes if we believe on his Son so his righteousness is imputed to us. God died for you so that you could be with him in heaven. No other works on your part are necessary. In Jesus words when asked by the crowd, “What must we do to do the works that God requires?” answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” That’s it. But belief is more than acknowledging that God exists. Satan believes that and is damned. Believing is to acknowledge that you are a sinner, that you repent of those sins and you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Once you have done that your eternal destiny is sealed as a justified child of God.

  21. From a pastor who is excited to get to preach on Easter Sunday – Thanks for the post and the encouragement to preach the Cross! Greater love hath no man than this that a man laid down His life for His friends.

  22. Refreshing to hear there are still some who get it right. Amen!

    The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who believe, it’s the power of God.

  23. It has always offended me to hear some preachers insinuate that my Savior was a coward. It’s good to hear someone speaking of what the Cup was that Christ spoke of. He loves all of us, and wants us all to be spared the Cup of Wrath. But He will pour it out in that day. He knew what The Father’s plan for Him was, and gladly accepted the assignment.
    Thank you YHVH, for your precious Son, my Savior, and the only true hope of the world.

  24. I can think of nothing more crushing, more desolate, more hellish than the absence of God. I believe as Yeshua descended to hell for us, that he endured that agony in our place.

    Just the though of that kind agony and torture literally makes my knees shake and my heart break.

    1. Agree. I cannot see how anyone can have any hope in this corrupt and corrupting world without knowing Jesus.

  25. Excellent Post, RS.

    Paul Washer’s video brought me to tears. Jesus’ act of love, courage and ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, is so humbling. Praise G-d and his precious son, our Savior, Jesus.

  26. I agree with it Scoop, and appreciate your willingness to place it here.

    I wish that people would look up and get back to the truth. On this and every Good Friday we who wish to, honor the sacrifice unto death of Jesus Christ, who took upon himself, the sins of the world. He paid our fines with his pain. He took our deserved punishment in his own body and reconciled us to his Father in heaven. He gave himself up, even unto death on the cross. Then he rose from the dead and was seen by hundreds of people, including the disciples. He triumphed over sin and over death. He is the resurrection and the life. He is the hope and the certain knowledge of believers worldwide. I will praise His Holy name forever, along with billions of other Christians.

    “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18 KJV)

    I find no fault in him Pontius Pilate cried…and like a lamb…like a Man…He died for me…His blood on the tree…he died for me.

  27. For any fellow Catholics out there, Father Barron will be preaching the Tre Ore at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC; it will be broadcast on EWTN that evening at 11 PM Eastern, 8 PM Pacific.

    To all, may your Easter Season be a most blessed one!

    In Christo Rege, per Mariam,


    1. So, BibleCat, you got 1 post to your title and it is to say the least weird but in reality is mocking. This is not the day for it.

      BTW, it’s Jesus not jesus

  28. Paul Washer is tops! Love him. Thanks for giving him exposure.

    P.S. Pray for Baby Bella back in the hospital. 🙁

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