"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday Thoughts
Good Friday is a very important day on the Christian's Calendar. It is the day Christ, our Lord was crucified, SACRIFICED for our sin.
He was perfect. We are sinful.
He LOVED us, even when we hated Him.
Scripture says in Romans 8:15, For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
It has never been more clear to me in my life, what this verse means, than it has in the last nine years, since we have experienced Adoption first hand. This verse has come to life. "We are not slaves and we have no reason to fall back into fear. We are SONS of the most high God. And Son's call their father Daddy. DADDY!
There was a HEAVY and HIGH price payed to ransom me from sin. The death of a first born son. The death of the Creator-God who was WITH HIM from the very beginning. He was eternally existent, yet came to DIE the death of a common criminal to ransom mankind.
And because of His sacrifice, I am free. I am NOT a slave to sin. My girls are not SLAVES to SIN OR FEAR, but they can find HEALING at the cross of Christ.
We have done nothing to deserve this. It was offered freely. Why? Because God LOVED the World, and chose to show it in this way. He proved His love for his own creation by redeeming us.
There is no reason for fear. With our girls, sometimes they forget !
Sometimes they step back into fear, forgetting they are part of family now. We do the same in the family of God. Sometimes we forget.
God is wonderful in reminding us through His word, through others and through the Spirit..... REMEMBER who you are! I have called you!
Yes, we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light!
So while today is about His DEATH and SUFFERING..... and it must have been unimaginable for the Holy Lamb of God to BECOME SIN for us. He who Knew NO SIN... became sin. :(
We already know the rest of the story. Sunday is coming..... and the GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD HIM!
But for today and tomorrow, we contemplate the gravity of our sin, and WHO died for us, and why.