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Friday, At The Cross

May 27, 2012

Friday: At the Cross
Gloom, the grey dread dreary darkness
Settles starkly on God’s fair land.
Cold, the wind of death blows sadness
Through my heart, tis evil’s madness.
Dead, my Lord, evil’s plan.

His hands tacked tight, Oh mocking praise
His glazed eyes gaze to heaven’s void
While at his feel the jester’s raise
Their chilling cheers; their rage filled craze.
All goodness, there, destroyed.

Saturday: Alive in hell
“There is no help for you in God,”
Within the subtle voice speaks clear.
Awake, fatigued, in darkness shod
Through night’s drear path alone, He trod,
With no friend to be near.

This anguish deeper enters in,
Piercing past all sense and reason.
The screeching laughter mocks within,
“You have no friend; you’re wrapped in sin.
Hell is your new season.”

Christ my Lord, to this has fallen.
Here into this hell He’s chosen
To descend in isolation.
Here the damned in sleepless calling
Moan their godless mock and cursing,
Forever here now frozen?

Christ the Lord to hell descended
Lost the radiance; holy glory.
We the guilty, we offended,
We who are on sin dependant
We, in shame, now tarry.

Descended here in godless hell
Into our drear when joys are few,
The savior comes, Emmanuel.
With loving whispers, now he tells,
“In hell I stand with you.”

Easter
Warm this morning sun is rising
Breaks the grip of cold and darkness
More than metaphor this rising
Life from death is now surprising
Jesus our forgiveness

A different dread now fills my mind
As at death’s door I stand alone
For coming to the grave I find
The door of death is opened wide
Nothing is in rhyme

(Written by Rev. Dr. James W. Kerr)

Good Friday

April 2, 2010

“Good Friday”, a.k.a. “Holy Friday” is always the Friday just before Easter (which we prefer to call “Resurrection Sunday”), and commemorates the death of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. It is a part of what is known as “Holy Week”, which is the week that starts with Palm Sunday and ends with Resurrection Sunday.

Good Friday is the day in which fellow believers are reminded of the magnitude of Christ’s actions, our Salvation through his blood, and how hopeless we would have been if Christ never happened.  Therefore, it is appropriate that we take a moment to reflect on this grand gift of Salvation:

When most people die, the death tends to be rather quiet: They lay there, breathe their last few breaths, and slip off into oblivion. The only ones who know the person has died are those who happened to be right there with the dying victim.

When we piece together the eyewitness accounts from Matthew we find that Christ’s death was anything but quiet, as supernatural events began to occur (Matthew 27:45-54)! :

As Christ hung there, nailed up, it became noon time. Although it was the middle of the day,  the entire land inexplicably became enshrouded in darkness!  For three hours this mysterious darkness remained, THREE WHOLE HOURS!  This could not have been a mere solar eclipse, because such natural phenomena only lasts for less than ten minutes…yet this supernatural darkness remained for three hours!  And this was just the beginning!

At the end of the third hour of darkness, Jesus Christ cried out at the top of his voice: My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?! (It is our humble opinion that God was required to remove His influence from Jesus, otherwise Jesus wouldn’t be able to die. It was this removal of influence that Jesus recognized, leaving him feeling abandoned). Of course, when Jesus cried these words out, the surrounding people didn’t understand what he really meant. A few moments later, Jesus cried out at the top of his voice again, and then died.

That wasn’t the end of it either:

Immediately upon his death the layers-thick, temple curtain was miraculously torn completely into two, a tremendous earthquake occurred that split open boulders and burial tombs, and….the saints buried in those tombs came back to life and entered the Holy City of Jerusalem after Christ’s resurrection three days later — HOW TERRIFYING AND  STRANGE!

And when the guards at Calvary saw all these wild and crazy things happening,  they became terrified and immediately became believers in Christ, stating “Surely, this was God’s Son!”

Yes. Our Saviour’s death was NOT a quiet event. And people recognized that fact very quickly.

Let us never forget the precious blood of Jesus, and how His selfless act was for the salvation of us all.

Amen.


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