Friday, March 25, 2016

Holy Week: Life and Death

{It's Good Friday, so I'm doing a little Holy Week reflecting this afternoon. Jump in!}

Today is arguably the most important day on the Christian calendar.

However, sometimes I get a sense that the cross bearing a broken Savior is a sad elephant in the room. "Today is Friday, but Sunday's coming." Don't get me wrong, I absolutely agree the glorious resurrection is something to look forward to, but I want to reiterate what puts the Good in Friday. I want to look at Jesus on the cross and remember why.

Jesus Christ was born a man. He was made of flesh and bone, He faced fears, and He felt real pain. Jesus knew life and Jesus knew death, but He put himself through the paces of humanity for humanity. With His last breath, we were set free.

Those who condemned Christ to death did not know what they did, but Jesus knew. It was the ultimate sacrifice done out of love. Not exclusive love reserved only for the most holy, but pure, unconditional love for all. Cool, right?

It is disheartening to think about Jesus's journey to the cross and picture the nails, the blood, and the torture. He was no criminal. He did not deserve what was done, but we cannot sweep the why under the rug. He died so that we may live. He carried the sins of the world on that cross because He loves us more than we can comprehend. He was sent to save us and while I am nowhere near worthy, I am thankful. Friday was good, my friends.

Rising He restored our life, but dying He destroyed our death.

I do encourage you to take time this afternoon to remember why today is so good. Whether you're Catholic or Baptist or any other denomination, don't skip Friday. If you're interested, I can even provide this handy dandy link to walk you through a modern spin on the Stations of the Cross with personal reflections.

Get ready to lift up your Alleluias because Sunday's coming, but today is Friday. Let's remember what He did for us.

"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed."

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