Good Day Everyone,
This is the most solemn of days in our Christian calendar – Good Friday, the day the Lord Jesus Christ was condemned and set upon a cross to die.
Christ's sacrificial death in many ways is so clear in purpose – and in others it is mysterious.
His suffering began last night in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the procession led Him ultimately to Caiaphas' house.
The Via Dolorosa was full today. There were many groups from Asia, and an extremely large group from India with their colorful clothing and heart-felt singing.
The way of sorrows provides a precious walk from the Judgment Hall and Ecce Homo Arch where Pilate washed his hands of the matter – up to the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary.
The lines where long, the people patient, as one by one people came to the cross to thank God for His sacrificial death for them.
It is moving to watch.
And God too saw these very people when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He lifted onto His back their shame when He carried His cross. Jesus shed His sinless blood and breathed His last to give them – you – and me eternal life with Him in heaven.
This is why it is called 'Good' Friday. The just, for the unjust – the righteous, for the unrighteous – the great love of the Creator for His created.
Friends, take a moment today to thank God for His plan of salvation for us – that He saw you!
It came at an incredible price of misunderstanding, shame, and personal pain – our salvation.
But the story doesn't end there…
As the Bible describes a new mother forgetting her birthing pains upon the delivery of her new borne child – so too all sin and pain will be forgotten because my friends – Christ is Risen!
Middle East Correspondent