Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Reflections

In the Old Testament God gave the Jewish people “holidays” like the Passover. On these days they remembered God’s great work in their lives. This week is a special week for Christians. Like the Jewish people, we use the week leading up to Easter to focus Christ’s death and how He bore the wrath of God, and take extra time to ponder what that means. In light of that, I have a couple quotes to share.

Martin Luther expresses, “You must be overwhelmed by the frightful wrath of God who so hated sin that He spared not his only begotten Son. What can the sinner expect if the beloved Son was so afflicted? It must be an inexpressible and unendurable yearning that causes God’s Son Himself so to suffer.” (emphasis mine)

Jesus bore the wrath of God that we might be forgiven. What wondrous love, and our response should be great joy! 
“O Father, who spared not thine only Son that though mightest spare me…O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise, my every step buoyant with delight.” (emphasis mine)
Valley of Vision

Thankfully, because of Christ’s work on the cross and victorious resurrection, we have the ability to come before a holy God, cleansed and justified.


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