Maybe you’ve noticed. I haven’t been blogging this year. Instead, I’ve been spending most of my time working on two projects. The first is a book on the presence and glory of Christ. It’s literally the biggest topic in the universe ever. So it’s taking a bit longer than expected. Second is a book on spiritual warfare. It’s one of the most overlooked topics for Christians. It’s perplexing, too. So I’m glad to have a very capable co-author for that one.
But here we are on the brink of Good Friday, the one day that always pulls me up short. Time stops on Good Friday at 6:00am. In preparation I couldn’t resist blogging some Good Friday cheer:
Anyone with a personal sin dilemma should agree–Good Friday is the most important and precious of all the holidays. Why? Because it alone connects us to the unfolding of the great purpose and plan of redemption that required the unthinkable incarnation of God the Son (Christmas) and was validated in the glorious resurrection of the Son of Man (Easter). Erase Good Friday, and Christmas and Easter become merely miraculous, and not relevant to us at all.
Jesus hung suspended between heaven and earth, and Good News for sinners began with his final words, “It is finished.”
Draw near to Him in the Gospel narratives. See Him at the blazing center of the glory of God, where the justice of God collided with the love of God in the sin-bearing body of the sinless Son of God on the Tree (1 Peter 2:24). When you remember the origin of the sin at the Cross as your sin, Good Friday quite easily becomes The Best Day of All.
On Resurrection Sunday we should sing and feast and click up our heels. But let Good Friday take our breath away.
I plan to start at 6:00am by re-reading the Scriptures from Joe’s BLOG POST this week at CoffeyTalk.com. I will also read from Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die which is available for free from DesiringGod.org in PDF format at this LINK. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, for 50 obvious reasons. And I will listen to the song below over and over again with absolute gladness.
May the wonder, joy and peace of Good Friday be upon you and your church,