A Good Friday Thought
Every time we choose by the Spirit’s power to agree with God in word or deed, submitting the desires of corrupted flesh to the incorruptible Word of God, we join Jesus in His Crucifixion of sin and death by agreeing with Him that it is done in us.
Our cross follows His in a deliberateness that grows from increasing conviction that life is best spent in serving not oneself, but the highest good of all. It is the only way to realize any lasting positive return on investment.
The result: Life… more abundant life… all-around more abundant life.
Cathy Scott, Good Friday, 2015
A GOOD MONDAY STORY LINE
OF THE SEVEN FINAL WORDS OF CHRIST FROM THE CROSS
1. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34a)
Jesus announcing God’s desire that mankind be spared from the everlasting death due sin
[the “Why” of Jesus’ coming]
2. “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Jesus disclosing the destination to which the life-giving path blazed by God through Him leads
[the “Where” to which Jesus’ coming goes]
3. “Dear woman, here is your son” (John 19:26); “Here is your mother.” (John 19:27)
Jesus summarizing His legacy to the world as being life-giving, loving service to one another
[the “What” that Jesus’ coming generates]
4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Jesus taking on the wrath of God due sin for all men that is impossible for any other person to bear up under
[the “How” by which Jesus’ coming removes death from life]
5. “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Jesus confessing the unquenchable dryness of soul that occurs in separation from God
[the “Who” Jesus’ coming reveals as being the only One able to give and sustain life]
6. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Jesus acknowledging that the Father’s perfect care of the world is fulfilled in and through Him
[the “culmination” of the manifestation of God’s loving-goodness seen in Jesus’ coming]
7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
Jesus cementing eternally right Familial relationship with His own trust in the Father’s good love
[the “conclusion” of Jesus’ coming: eternal right order establishing unending peace]
Synopsis: Father… God… Father…
Jesus the Son… went obediently to the Cross in awareness of the Father’s good and loving Presence.
Jesus the man… suffered in isolation in bearing the sin that separated mankind from God’s righteousness.
Jesus the Son… spared God-given life with His own to remain perfectly united with the Father forever.
Cathy Scott, Easter Monday, 2015