Friday, April 2, 2010

Lent 2010, Good Friday

But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. I Corinthians 1:23-25
Today we commemorate humanity at its very worst when we committed the worst sin possible -- Deicide. And yet we call it Good Friday because it dramatically illustrates God's love for us crazy, silly, vengeful, selfish human beings.

I imagine that the followers of Christ went to bed that Friday night wondering about their own sanity for following a charismatic rabbi for three years only to watch his eventual execution with common criminals. They had waited since Thursday night for some Angelic cavalry to ride in to the rescue, but no miracles occurred. There was no way on earth that any of them could begin to comprehend the goodness of that day or the victory that was won by His death. Likewise many times in each of our lives we go to bed thinking that all is lost and that God is far away. Yet God remains in control, and His love always brings about good, no matter how hopeless the situation appears to be.

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