Today is Good Friday, and I want to take the first few minutes of today to honour God for what he did many years ago.
This evening, while sitting under the weight of God’s word, I was brought back to the scene of the crucifixion. It was at this event that Christ was brutally tormented to the point of death, experienced the extreme weight of the sin of the world, the abandonment of his friends and His Holy Father, and the full fury of God’s Holy wrath. We cannot approach this scene casually. We cannot neglect this sight either. We must approach it with care; for in it our Saviour suffered much for our sake.
In Romans 3:23-26, God reminds us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace though the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
In this passage, we are confronted by our past sins and our present struggles against sin. We are reminded once again, that it is because of our transgressions, that Christ was delivered over once and for all, and by the power and grace of God, was raised because of our justification.
My prayer for all of you is that the Lord’s death and resurrection would become fresh on our minds again. May you not forget the weight of the cross; rather, I hope that we will all be able to say as Martin Luther did, “I feel as if Jesus died only yesterday.”
“May we never move away from the cross, but go into a more profound understanding of the cross.” I hope that we will take some time today, to contemplate the death and resurrection of our Saviour, and live joyfully in the wonderful gift of eternal life through His precious Son, Jesus Christ.
We love you all, and may you have a blessed day.