Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

When I think about what Christ did for me on that cross so many years ago, I get so overwhelmed. He came as a baby -- born in a lowly shed to a young, scared mother -- and lived a complete sinless life, loving everyone and calling them to His father, and then died to save us. Died so that we don't have to -- physically, yes, but eternally, no. 

Brandon and I just read together in Matthew the story leading up to Jesus' resurrection. What always gets me the most is when Jesus is praying before they come to arrest Him. He prays to His Father: "O, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." It says how sorrowful and deeply distressed He was. 

He was terrified. {Wouldn't you be?} He knew His whole life that this was going to happen to Him, and He was terrified. But...but! He prayed to His Father: "Not my will, but YOUR will." And it was His Father's will that He die to save all of us. And so it was. 

It's Friday, but Sunday's coming. 


"It is Well with My Soul" is one of my favorite hymns. I vividly remember singing it in church, hearing my parents sing their respective parts. When you're little, you don't really listen to the words {or at least I didn't}. But the older I get, the more I listen and hear. And I hear what this song has to say. 

"My sin, not in part, but the whole..." {all of it, always} " nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more..." {because He took it all away by dying for us} "...Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!" 

Indeed, it is well. 

Remember what today is all about. Yes, it is fun with Easter eggs and Easter hunts and getting Easter baskets. But the true reason we celebrate this weekend is the fact that Jesus died for us...but even more so, that He ROSE AGAIN. That's the true miracle in all of this. 

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