Time to put politics aside for the next few days. First, serious reflections on Good Friday (all passages from the New American Standard Bible):
Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?”
2 Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop, and brought it up to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Also, deep and poignant reflections from Monte Canfield on Christians approaching the foot of the cross and acknowledging: “I Crucified You”.
Anticipating the third day and the all-important Resurrection of our Savior.
Indeed…today is a day to remember that we live because HE died. That kind of grace is truly amazing and will bring us to know that it was His love that brings us to the foot of the Cross. When we go there…we are humbled by Him and weep. Thank you, Abba, Father for YOUR plan…of unmerited grace and mercy. Thank you, Jesus for being my Redeemer…YOU truly are LORD.