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Good Friday. What a disconcerting name for a day filled with violence and sorrow.
For the Pharisees, apparent victory.
For Caesar, one less troublemaker.
For the angry mob, satisfaction for a grand disappointment.
For the disciples, a devastating end and a crushing of hope.
For Jesus, pain, suffering, and finally, death.
What could possibly be good about a day like that?
It was good because God was working in it. It was good, because it was the necessary sacrifice to pay for our sins. It was good, because in those moments of horror, Jesus became the lamb that was slain to atone for the transgressions of all. It was good, because Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of the coming messiah. It was good, because on that day, Jesus did what we could not. He took our punishment, our shame, our wrath, and became sin, so that we could be in right relationship to God once more.
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. -Isaiah 53
All glory to Him alone.
We will worship tonight at 7:30pm with a Tenebrae service of fading light. #lent#goodfriday#holyweek#worship#fpcendicott ... See MoreSee Less