Posted by: Terry | March 25, 2016

Good Friday, more today than ever

dd2644bdaf0dc565c045b1aec05c810eIn a world and at a time when good is routinely overshadowed by evil we need Good Friday. The world today is not unlike the world 2,000 years ago, technology and style have given us the wonders of flight and smartphones, yet the heart of mankind and the injustice to each other and creation is as selfish and destructive as ever; indifference and rebellion toward God is alive and well. We need Good Friday as much now as then.

Just as they did 2,000 years ago, there is a longing for things to be put right in this world. The Jews clung to the promise of God, delivered through their prophets, that One would come who would set all things right, a Messiah. Jesus was the fulfillment of all those longings and promises, he came to establish a new Kingdom, a new way of life, and to put into action the reconciliation of all things.

What the Jews missed was that he had to die in order for it all to be accomplished, Good Friday is the day we remember his cruel, undeserved death, as well as renewing our awareness of all the evils of the world that caused him to come and die.

Good Friday is a bittersweet time, bitter as we look inside our own hearts and lives where we find ample evidence of our rejection and rebellion of God, so adequately lived out in our daily activities. Good Friday is sweet when we consider that Jesus the Christ, by dying in our place has made forgiveness and peace with God readily available. The guilt that plagues all people can be replaced with the joy of forgiveness.

What the world needs most is people with hearts that are regenerated, forgiven, and in harmony with God. Laws and protests will not make all things right, but hearts that are filled with the love that only God can give, that can only come from being cleansed from guilt and selfishness, will make a difference.

My prayer this Good Friday of 2016, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.” What is that will?

“Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Peter 1:18-23 NIV)


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