Good Friday

Sometimes life is hard.  We live in a fallen, imperfect world.

It hasn’t been the easiest week.

For example, yesterday included 

  • kicking
  • screaming
  • scratching
  • pushing
  • throwing
  • learning I’m getting a new (probably difficult) student
  • surprise meetings
  • forgetting my lunch
  • nearly running out of gas on the side of the road
  • and more.

Yet at the end of the day I didn’t feel defeated.  I wasn’t without hope.

Today is Good Friday.  Good Friday is the day that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin.  So yeah, this world is much less than perfect.  But this world is temporary.  We have a God who is with us our bad days.  And the good days.  And all the days in between. We have a God who is holy and can’t be around sin, but who loves us enough to not let that be the end of the story.  We have a God who died for us.  We have a God who saves us.

Good Friday - Antigua, Guatemala - 2008

Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Good Friday is a day to remember that Jesus died for us on the cross.

But the story doesn’t end on Friday.

Sunday is coming.

On Sunday we get to celebrate Easter.

And we can say,

He is risen.  He is risen indeed!

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