Good Friday Reflections
On this Good Friday, let's remember the sobering truth and reality of what this day is all about. - That Jesus Christ died on a cruel cross, taking on the punishment for us ... for every sin we have ever committed and ever will commit. The punishment that was meant for me,... the punishment that was meant for you... that we might have an opportunity to receive forgiveness and a free gift of salvation by grace through faith - not of ourselves that none of us can boast, but a gift freely given by our glorious Saviour - the Lamb who was slain.
...The Lamb who took upon Himself the full wrath of God.
...The Lamb who rose gloriously and victoriously from the grave 3 days later on Easter - conquering death! "Where, o death, is your victory? Where, oh death, is your sting??"
...The Lamb who is worthy to receive all honour, and glory, and power and thanks, and dominion forever and ever!
He is worthy!
'His is the Kingdom, and His is the glory, and His is the Name that is above every name!
Death couldn't hold Him, the veil tore before Him. He silenced the boast of sin and grave.
The heavens are roaring the praise of His glory, for He was raised to life again!
He has no rival. He has no equal. Now and forever our God...'
If you want to know this Jesus for yourself,... if you want this free gift of life to be yours... to experience what life in Christ really means, please let me know! Send me a message below and I'd be happy to chat with you! Oh friends, if you haven't already, please receive the gift He offers! And those of you who have, may we worship Him together and thank Him all the more!
GOOD FRIDAY SCRIPTURES
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals. Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. And when He had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth. Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!' Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: 'To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!' The four living creatures said, 'Amen,' and the elders fell down and worshiped.