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Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday!

Here in Jamaica Easter is a major event in the Christian calendar of our liturgical friends. Of course I am a conservative and historic Adventist, which means we reject the pagan overtones of the major festivals handed down to modern times. But I happily embrace our common celebration of the cross-event.

Good Friday!

That was everything but a 'good' Friday. it was a day of pain and humiliation for our Saviour.

George Knight in his comment on the book of MATTHEW writes
"In Jewish understanding, anyone executed by crucifixion was rejected by his people, cursed by the law of God, and excluded from God's covenant with the Jewish people (Gal. 3:13; deut. 21:23). to top it off, the Jews expected their Messiah to be a mighty conquering king, not a suffering criminal. No wonder paul could refer to Christ's cross as "a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles" (1 Cor. 1:23)."

Knight observes that the great temptation of Jesus was to come down from the cross, but to do so would be to break the plan of salvation.

That day was nothing if not a 'good' Friday; for by his death, resurrection, and atonement, I am saved.

The mystery of godliness, whereby God became flesh, that humanity might be redeemed from eternal death, has its high point at Calvary. Thank you Jesus for going to the cross even if the only sinner on earth was Glendon.

What a wonderful thought. He would have endured the agony to save even one sinner.
Why dont you just thank Him today for the loving sacrifice for you and your family.

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