Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

How can a day be so wonderfully happy and yet so painfully tragic? 

Good Friday is a day full of emotion. There is so much sorrow, yet such appreciation and thankfulness. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I (personally, and with my class) have been re-reading and reflecting on the end of each book of the Gospel. What struck me the most was one special passage in Luke.
Luke 23:32-43 (NIV) is below:

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said,“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

In this passage, Jesus is crucified, mocked, and stripped of his clothing. He is very near to death.
Yet, in light of all of this, he is still able to forgive those who have done this to him, and even saves the soul of a criminal.
It is important to not only remember Jesus' sacrifice, but the way in which he dealt with his betrayal by his own people. I hope that in tough times I am able to emulate Jesus and be a witness to God. 

Jesus suffered a terrible death; yet he committed no crime. I am a sinner, and yet I will be forgiven. It's not fair, and I am eternally grateful to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Here is the most terrible part (Luke 23:44-46)

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Below are a couple of particularly meaningful (at least to me) worship songs for Good Friday.

1) In Christ Alone

2) How Deep the Father's Love for Us

3) You are my King (Amazing Love)

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