Isaiah 61:1 proclaims The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
Jesus declared in John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Today is Good Friday. I used to wonder why it was called good, for obvious reasons, I still don’t see what Jesus had to go through as good. But wow, Resurrection Morning is definitely Good, and many implications of what Jesus’s Victory over sin and death are still being stored up for the future. We’ll not even comprehend all what Jesus went through for us until some day when we see Him face to face.
For today however, we still have the hard reality of sin, and sacrifice…
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
Jesus died for me. For you. For your neighbor, your friend, your brother, sister, your mother, your father. Jesus died for the alcoholic, the adulterer, the drug addict, the pusher, the pimp, the prostitute and porn actor. He died for democrats, republicans, socialists, communists, dictators and despots.
He died for the little babies, and for the mothers who have aborted them, and the doctors that killed them. He died for murderers, and the religious charlatans.
He died for Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, He died for all from the smallest tribe to the greatest nation. Jesus died for our enemies.
Jesus died for our soldiers.
While not all our Soldiers are believers, most of those who serve do resemble Christ like qualities that every Christian should be striving for- a life of service, love for others and a willingness to lay down one’s life for a brother, or sister.
For all of our troops and Veterans who have displayed it, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Although no one is sure who is the author of Psalm 91, the words reflect a warrior’s spirit, such as King David had. It is like a prayer and a promise, and that is why I often post it for our Troops…
Jesus, Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice, your taking on our pain, humiliation, punishment and Father’s wrath- what we deserve, you suffered. Often I wonder why, because I can’t quite fathom that kind of perfect love that you have for us. But I thank You for Your perfect love.
Please watch over our troops wherever they are, protect them, and let them feel Your presence today and every day, especially in the darkest places.
Thank You Jesus. For Loving us first.
Have a blessed Good Friday all, and a safe RED Friday.