Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday (which some believe was originally called God Friday) is a day that we are given to reflect on Jesus and His death on the cross. Some folks think this is gruesome and depressing. After all, Jesus was hideously beaten and abused, betrayed and cruelly ridiculed, and put to an ugly death for sins He did not commit. It's not a pretty picture or a lovely thing to think on.

Unless of course, you look at it in a little different light. The light of Jesus. The heart of a Savior who loved us so much that giving His life to bring us into right accord with the Father was worth the pain - the lies told about Him - the ridicule and shame.

Today, you have an opportunity to spend a little time in relection on the love Jesus showed us on the cross. Some folks fast and pray, others meditate on the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) - in particular the seven last statements of Jesus on the cross.

The First Word Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing.

The Second Word I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise.

The Third Word Dear woman, here is your son.

The Fourth Word My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

The Fifth Word I am thirsty.

The Sixth Word It is finished.

The Seventh Word Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to get away to a quiet place and spend a little time with God. Remember what was done for you - years and years before you were ever born. Cherish what is yet to come - the empty tomb - the resurrected Lord - the end of suffereing and pain. Rest in the reconcilation that Jesus made possible.

God bless you on this Good Friday.

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