A Brief Good Friday Reflection

Today there is proof that a thing that is Good need not always be Pleasant.

We do not celebrate so much as remember, as much as we commemorate. We sit in the shadow of the Cross, witnessing the last breaths of the man who claims to be our Savior. We eagerly await Easter, and are grateful we know it will come. It can be difficult to dismiss the resurrection of Easter in order to more fully see the suffering of Christ and the devastation of the apostles. We are fortunate to live after the fact; watching Jesus suffer not knowing the outcome would be nigh unbearable. The lashes, the pain, the agony, the torment, and finally, his death. We take this time to remember Christ’s sacrifice, even more explicitly than we do year-round.

To lose a friend or a family member is to experience what can only be described as hell-on-earth. To lose someone you believed to be the messiah, someone you were sure would save everyone? Hell is entirely descriptive, here. A weekend of hell, those apostles must have experienced. So take some time today and this weekend to remember that hindsight can be a blessing.

Remember the sacrifice of Jesus. Consider the lashes, the agony, and recall the suffering. Never lose sight of Easter, however. Our lives are situated in the Resurrection, not the Cross. We are asked to pick up our crosses, but we see the result, we see the end. We see the risen Savior, even as we bear the lashes he endured, though we only bear lesser torments.

May we live in light of Easter, even as we reflect on Good Friday.

Jesus, the Righteous, Was Crucified at Calvary

Today the Church remembers the historical crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. If one is to believe the historicity of any ancient event, one must believe in the historic crucifixion of Jesus, called the Christ. Oral accounts became written accounts, and those written accounts have been preserved and disseminated across cultures from the day of the event until now.
Today, people around the world, on every continent, of many tribes and tongues will think upon the death of Jesus. As hundreds of millions around the world turn their attention to one world altering event, they will look to the gospels where eyewitness accounts of Christ’s death are recorded and made freely available to the world. Scholar, author, and pastor Mark D. Roberts has written an excellent essay on the death of Jesus as written by Dr. Luke. Luke’s account is especially meaningful to me, a Gentile Christian, because Luke himself was likely a Gentile writing to Gentiles thus his writing demonstrates that the work of Christ created a system of belief that is true cross-culturally, cross-racially, and internationally. I encourage you to read Dr. Robert’s insightful review of Dr. Luke’s account of the historic death of Christ.
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Great are You oh Lord and great are your works! Praise be to God for the love that He has shown the world on this day. Amen. ‘