“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split…When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “‘Truly this was the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27: 50-51; 54 ESV)
Some misrepresent God’s character as one of Judgement before Mercy is even considered. In some cultures and religions, hatred triumphs over Love. Christ expressed God’s Great Lamentation over man’s misconceptions of His Character of Love by enacting a strategy planned since the beginning of time to redeem man from himself, from his wrong ideas of God who created him.
At 3:00 PM Good Friday, Christ set all mankind free from all misconception. Judgement and Mercy kissed each other as He took our judgment: His death ransomed us from all our sins — Love and Mercy expressed for the world to witness for eternity. To the world His Gospel of Love triumphs, not with violence, fear or intimidation, but with peace and joy in His righteousness offered to each who accepts Him.
Yet man collectively replaces the recollection of the cross on Good Friday with Easter bunnies and eggs. Some cry paganism which I prefer NOT to do. That is only antagonistic. Cry paganism = antagonism.
I simply invite you to show some Gratitude, take a few moments to contemplate the cost of our Salvation, offer Praise, knowing eternal life is ours in Christ. I invite you to remember Him together as we take a moment of quiet Thankfulness today at 3:00 PM, the time of His death. Love is rarely honoured.
“Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, ‘Certainly this man was innocent!’ And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts” (Luke 23:47-48 ESV)