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This is a good Friday
Years ago I attended a small church where Pastor Stanley Tobias followed a unique practice. Each year he would save the towering, live Christmas tree that graced the sanctuary in December. Then he would strip off its branches and fashion a cross placed at the front of the church during Holy Week.
You couldn’t see that cross without remembering Christ came to die; the cross was his purpose in coming. And that is why today, Good Friday, is truly a good Friday.
“The cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both,” Oswald Chambers said.
Seeing Jesus bleed, suffer and die on the cross, the apostles and Mary surely believed this was the worst day they’d ever experienced. They soon realized just how good it really was.
Similarly today we look on the world’s bleeding, suffering and death and forget that it was because of our fallenness that Christ came to die, so that we might live.
Because of the cross, we can have hope. Always. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men,” Paul said.
God, please give us publishers and writers the words to tell the Story well, so that the cross becomes a door through which our readers enter into a relationship with Christ.
I know of one church group that scrupulously observes Good Friday, with the members doing no work and attending long, solemn services throughout the day. Then, curiously, they treat Easter like any other day of worship.
As good as the Friday is, Sunday is even better.
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