Good Friday

Well, it didn’t seem too ‘good’ for Jesus, or his followers, did it?The Beginning of a New Era by Sergio ···

What often appears to be good to us, isn’t… and what appears to be just awful…in reality and quite often in hindsight…is good. God’s ways are not our ways. His ways are opposite our ways.

A totally innocent man beaten very badly, and then staked to wood and left to suffocate and bleed to death. All because of me…and you…and every person who has ever lived.

That’s good?

Ah…yes it was.  Yes it is.  It is better than good. It’s the single most important event (along with His ensuing resurrection) that the world has ever know or ever will know.

It’s where God declared the war between Himself and sinners, that is every single person on the planet, to be over…once and for all. “Father forgive them…”

By His gracious mercy and love, He has declared you to be righteous for the sake of His Son, Christ Jesus. You. Little ol’ sinner, not much of a believer, you.

The future is wide open for you now. The present is wide open for you now. You have an unbelievable treasure awaiting you in Heaven that is beyond description, and you will do nothing at all to aquire it. For He has done all that is needful…on the cross..and in your baptism. That is real freedom! The freedom that God has purchased for you with the blood of His only Son. Free for you… very costly for Him. That’s the love of a wonderful Father.

Of course, He had to die before He could be raised again…as do we, for we are not greater than our Master.

But the darkness will give way to Light and Life in a few days as our Savior’s prayer is answered by His Father.

If that is not ‘good news’…then I don’t know what is!

I pray that the Lord will give us faith, and keep us in His faith that we might believe it, until He pulls us up out of that grave and raises us to everlasting life with Him in Paradise.

 

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Maundy Thursday

( from Lutheran Church of the Master’s monthly publication, ‘The Mast’)

Traditionally in the Christian Church, this day is known as Maundy SEU 18 by { angie }Thursday. The term ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word mandatum (from which we get our English word mandate), a verb that means “to give”, “to entrust”, or “to order”.  The term is usually translated to “commandment”, from John’s account of that Thursday night.  According to the Fourth Gospel, as Jesus’ and the Disciples were eating their final meal together before Jesus’ arrest, he washed the disciple’s feet to illustrate humility and the spirit of servanthood.  After they had finished the meal, as they walked into the night toward Gethsemane, Jesus taught his disciples a “new” commandment, that was not really new  (John 13:34-35) :

 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, you also ought to love another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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This post is a replay of last year’s Maundy Thursday posting.

How have you done in the area of ‘loving one another’ since last Maundy Thursday?

Have you humbled yourself and taken on the qualities of the lowest slave in the household, to serve others in love at the expense of your own position in life?

I haven’t.   At least not very often and not for very long and not probably not for the right reasons.

 

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