Birth

Birth - LilyBIRTH

Reflecting on this lily as it stunningly speaks of birth symbolizing new birth offered in and only through Christ. Appropriate for this season, especially this week, the importance of this weekend.

Though called “Good Friday” it’s really God’s Friday.

God’s Friday…
is the day Jesus took on the sin of the world.

The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage. Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good. (Justin Holcomb)

The Resurrection…
the day Jesus conquered death,
the day Satan was/is defeated,
the day new birth was promised, offered,
the day eternal life provided.

The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace. (Justin Holcomb)

Celebrating that, GOD’s indescribable gift.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:3

If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:10

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. – Romans 6:5

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:26

Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. – Psalm 85:10

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. – Hebrews 12:22

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! – Romans 5:6-10

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:3-5

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