Good Friday Sermon

Good Friday Sermon

Our Good Friday sermons will ignite your own creativity as you prepare to preach about the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. These sermons cover a range of themes, including the atonement, Jesus’ love for the world, our restored relationship with God, and the foolishness of the cross. Let these sermons inspire your own Good Friday preaching.

Top 10 Good Friday Sermons

Getting Out
The Good News of Jesus, like the Exodus, enables us to walk into a brand new life.
Tim Keller

A Good Friday Intervention
Jesus intervenes for us—and satisfies us.
Aaron Damiani

It Is Finished
One word that changes the world.
Joel Gregory

The Cry of Mystery
The Father’s love is with us in our darkest hours, just as it was with Jesus in his darkest hour.
Bruce W. Thielemann

God’s Power in Unexpected Places
God’s power to reconcile and forgive shows up in the least likely place on earth—the cross.
Charles Price

When Was God at His Best?
God’s most wondrous act is the saving of souls.
E.V. Hill

The Rending of the Veil
Thanks to Christ’s death, we can have a hope-filled relationship with God.
James S. Stewart

Wisdom in the Cross
The Cross reveals worldly wisdom to be foolishness.
Lee Eclov

A Day with Simon of Cyrene
A first-person narrative from the Gospel of Mark
James Rose

On the Cross
The account of Good Friday
Leith Anderson


Our sermon ideas for Good Friday will help you preach a powerful message. Prepare your sermons for Good Friday to remember the sacrifice and death of Christ. Also, study messages related to the Last Supper and more to help you preach a dynamic Good Friday sermon. These sermons were hand picked to help you prepare one or many sermons on this topic of Good Friday.


by Clarence E. Macartney

Both phrases, ”It is finished” and ”It is done,” were spoken by Christ, and both were heard by John: the first when he stood near the cross and in the darkness of the ninth hour heard Jesus cry out with a great voice, ”It is finished”; the second when, in the vision granted unto him on the Isle of Patmos, he stood before the throne at the end of the ages and heard the triumphant Christ say, ”It is done.” The first cry, ”It is finished,” proclaimed that the foundation of the temple of redeemed humanity had been laid; the second cry, ”It is done,” proclaimed that the glorious structure had been completed. Between the two cries stretches…

by Donald Cantrell

The word ”oxymoron” is defined as ”a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, e.g. ”wise fool” or ”legal murder”. In looking at the term ”Good Friday” I have often asked myself and others if it was such a ”good day” why did so many bad things occur. If it was such a good day, why was the Lord slain like an innocent lamb on that day. I remember when I was in high school there was a couple that dated, the guy was like 6 ½ feet tall and the girl was not even 5 feet tall. It was one of the oddest things to see them together. In reality it was like the moment you seen them, you…

by Donald Cantrell

There will be 7 songs and 7 sermons and as the service begins I will light a 7 tier candelabra. As each of the 7 pastors end their sermon, we will snuff out 1 of the candles. Upon ending my sermon, which will be sermon number 7, the center candle will be snuffed out. Then we will play the video of ”It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin” by S.M. Lockridge. When the 7th and final candle is snuffed out the lights in the sanctuary will also go out. Then when the video has ended, the lights will come back on and we will have an actor depicting the ”Risen Lord.” Good Friday was a tough day, but let’s remember ”Sunday’s Coming…

by Jeff Strite

Someone once observed that Bible is a bloody book. In fact, another person commented, ”Cut the Bible anywhere and it will bleed.” From the book of Genesis all the way through Revelation, blood is a major part of the picture. In Genesis 3, we find God making the FIRST sacrifice. when Adam and Eve sinned, God sacrificed an animal to provide skins to cover their nakedness. And in the New Testament we’re told of the blood of Jesus the LAST sacrifice – offered by God to cover the nakedness of our sin. Many of our old hymns talk lovingly of the blood of Jesus. If you know them sing them with me: ”Would you be…

by Rex Yancey

Psalm 22 is one of the great messianic psalms. Those who deny the inspiration of the Bible or the deity of Christ try hard to rob this psalm of its prophetic character. Some say it is only an expression of some kind of suffering that David experienced. But we have no record that David ever endured this kind of rejection, scorn, and violence. David was the author of this psalm and according to Acts 2:29-30 he was a prophet. ”Men and brethren let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn…

by Ken Trivette

This past weeks issue of Time featured their annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. The list was broken down into categories that consisted of leaders and revolutionaries, builders and titans, heroes and icons, scientist and thinkers, and artist and entertainers. Time referred to those on their list as men and woman whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. There is One that I believe tops all the lists of influential people. No one has affected the world as He, and after hundreds of years, He still exercises an influence that is greater all others put together, and that is the Lord Jesus…

by Jesse Hendley

Let us turn to a passage of Scripture that has helped untold thousands of people to see the basis of their salvation. Luke 23:32-48. ”And there were also two others, malefactors, led with Him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And parting His garments among them, they cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them scoffed at Him saying, He saved others; let Him save himself, if this…

by Marvin D. Patterson

We have seen that Pilate has sentenced Jesus to death. The Jewish charge against our Lord was blasphemy, and the Roman charge is treason. Jesus was condemned without sufficient evidence of the charges that were made against Him. Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane early on Friday Morning, and now He has been up all night being abused at the hands of these wicked religious rulers and priests. The disciples have forsook Him and fled. Judas has sold out the Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Peter denied the Lord three times. These religious leaders are so jealous of Jesus, and yet Jesus…

by Jonathan McLeod

It’s one thing to be mocked, but it’s another thing to be mocked while you are suffering. During his trial, his scourging, and his crucifixion, Jesus was continually mocked. In most people’s eyes, Jesus was a pathetic fool who thought he was something that he really wasn’t. [Read Mark 15:21-47.] MOCKING THE CRUCIFIED ONE In Mark 15, Jesus was mocked by four groups of people as he was scourged and crucified. The Roman soldiers ”mocked [Jesus]” (v. 20; cf. vv. 17-19). ”Those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself…

by Charles H. Spurgeon

But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom (Luke 23:40-42). A great many persons, whenever they hear of the conversion of the dying thief, remember that he was saved in the very article of death, and they dwell upon that fact and that alone. He has always been quoted as a case of salvation at the eleventh hour, and so, indeed, he is. In his case it is proven that…

by Robert Dawson

James Merritt said, ”Normally people are remembered for what they accomplished during their lives – the things they did to make a difference-good or bad – in the lives of others. We know George Washington was the first president of the United States and was a famous general in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Electricity. Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.” There are thousands of names we could mention from history or even today who are known for their accomplishments, their talents, their gifts and…

by Patrick Edwards

Introduction: As we gather here this Good Friday evening in the dark, reflecting upon and contemplating this scene of death, this display of the wrath of an almighty, holy God against evil, I think it’s only human to ask how it is that we can refer to the cross as the victory of God. Right? I mean just in this last song and in our responsive reading we’ve declared that Jesus’ death was not defeat but triumph. For note, we’re talking phrasing the cross as a victory because Jesus would rise from the dead; the empty tomb doesn’t make the cross victorious. Rather the empty tomb signals that the cross was victorious. The cross…

by Jonathan McLeod

For this word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18). THE CROSS We’ve heard about Jesus dying on a cross to save us so often that we think it sounds normal. If someone from the year A.D. 10 was transported to today, he would be shocked to see crosses on jewelry and in graveyards and people worshiping a man who had been crucified. [Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.] The apostle Paul writes, ”We preach Christ crucified” (v. 23a). This message wasn’t well received. It was ”a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…

by Jason Dees

13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. 14 As many were astonished at you- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind- 15 so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. Isaiah 53  1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he…

by Ron Clarkson

PRAYER: Father, as we come to another Easter season, another Good Friday. The year is going by so fast. It is so easy to get lost in our daily rat race, it is hard to believe i of this year is gone. The days, weeks and years begin to go by so quickly. I pray you will teach us to number our days, that we would understand that you are the giver and taker of life. I pray that we would begin to slow down and think about begin to think about you, how much you love us, each and every one of us. Father you want us to think about you, to hear about you and respond to your love . . . but we are too busy, we get too wrapped up in our day to…

by John Barnett

Today we are gathered at what for centuries has been called: Good Friday.Good Friday is just one of a string of events that fill of the greatest week in the Universe since Creation. These are: The Momentous Events of Passion Week Now, where are we in this Passion Week? Here is a quick reminder of the momentous events of Passion Week: Day: Sunday Event: Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem References: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19 Day: Monday Event: Jesus clears the temple References: Matthew 21:12, 13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45, 46 Day: Tuesday Events: Jesus’ authority…

by Brian Fletcher

Jesus tells his disciples (to their disbelief) that he will be crucified and that they will all scatter like scared sheep. Peter says he will fight to the death and when the soldiers show up to take Jesus away, he pulls out his sword and cuts off the ear of one of them. Peter thinks he can take on a whole crowd of armed soldiers. Then Peter runs away, fleeing for his life. But Peter goes back to the courtyard to see what they are going to do with Jesus, but when he is approached and accused of being one of Jesus’ disciples he denies it three times. He leaves the courtyard, weeping bitterly. Shame and guilt can be overwhelming…

by Palitha Jayasooriya

INTRODUCTION – There is a story about a man who was concerned about what he felt was his wife’s loss of hearing. So, he decided to test it out one day while she was seated, doing some work. The man went behind her and from two separate distances called out “Can you hear me”? There was no reply on either occasion and he determined that her hearing was really bad. He finally came within earshot and once again called out, “Can you hear me”? His wife, sounding rather irritated said, “Yes John, for the third time, I can hear you”! The problem was not with his wife’s hearing, but his own hearing! Today…

by John Barnett

Do you realize that this weekend is far more than just a holiday? Each of us in Christ this evening have a stake in this week’s events that exceeds anyone else’s in the world (those who are apart from Christ). What exactly am I talking about? This is the week we can most reflect upon the reality that we actually died with Christ two thousand years ago. For the rest of our lives we are to be seeking to know more completely and more deeply all that God did in that six hour period of time when Christ was crucified, and we were with Him by the grace of God. No verse more clearly summarizes what Jesus has done than Paul’s…

by Patrick Edwards

What drives human behavior? I mean, why do people do what they do? What is it that motivates us in our thoughts and actions day in and day out? Why do we hold the opinions we do, both as individuals and a society at large? Well in his brilliant acceptance speech in 1950 after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bertrand Russell argued that desire is the central motive driving human behavior. He says, All human activity is prompted by desire. There is a wholly fallacious theory advanced by some earnest moralists to the effect that it is possible to resist desire in the interests of duty and moral…

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