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…
For today being Good Friday, the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice for all of us, it’s easier for us, than it was for the disciples because we know Sunday morning is coming. It’s hard though to consider all He went through to save us from sin and death.
This is considered a Christmas song, but it’s also perfect for Easter as Jesus came the first time as the spotless Lamb of God, and helps us to consider what He came from, to come as Emmanuel, God with us…
Such perfect love and righteousness, putting on the flesh of man yet still remaining sinless and spotless… Just think, if there was no redeemer, there’d be no binding and punishment for the enemy- the thorn that has inflicted so much pain on humanity and the world, no avenging the blood of the saints of the Lord, and no promise of eternal life for those found to be made justified and no Book of Life.
We know that Sunday morning is coming with an empty grave! We know the promises that come with that, that Jesus will be coming again- not as a lamb led to slaughter, but a Faithful and True King.
He who is the Only One worthy to take the scroll from the Right Hand of God, and open it, rendering the rest of God’s plans to be fulfilled. Wrong made right again through His Holy Love, His priceless Sacrifice and His precious Mercy… He IS so worthy.
Have a safe and blessed, glorious RED Good Friday all.
Friday night edit.
Daisy and I wanted to share this with folks here, since we’re all experiencing a new seclusion and wont be able to spend time with our church families for Good Friday services. If anyone is around, this begins in about 5 minutes EST, it would be nice to know we are able to watch it together even if none of us are able to be together.