There He is, stretched out on the cross! Wicked nails protruding from ripped hands and feet. Rough splinters from the wood of the cross rubbing against a back with no skin on it; removed by severe lashes Roman soldiers so freely had given him. His head dripping from the thorny crown that had been forcibly pushed down, nearly gorging out His eyes.
His eyes, open; Lifeless!
“Why did He have to die?” the crowds murmur, “We saw Him raise people from the dead!”
“Give sight to blind men!”
“Why did He have to die? He could have crushed the Romans with just a wave of His hand! Millions of angels would have come to His rescue! Why did He have to die?”
And the same question is asked to those who preach the Gospel of Jesus; why do you have to tell people of a man who died on the cross?
The absurdity of the crucifixion!
And those who preach about Jesus reply, “Why do you think God created us? Why did He create the first man and woman?”
And you shake your head because you’ve never thought of that. You don’t know.
“He created us for His own company! He wanted to walk and talk with us every day! He wanted to share our stories and even our jokes!”
“Yes God! He created us so we could share a relationship with Him. And then He couldn’t anymore!”
“Why?” you ask.
“When you have a friend, don’t you want him or her to be like you? You wouldn’t have friends who are criminals or thieves, would you?”
“Never!” you say.
“And that is what separates us from a close relationship with Him! And even if we try our hardest, we can never get rid of our wicked ways, our thoughts or our deeds!”
“So that was the end of a great friendship?” you ask.
“Yes, but God missed us, even as we also missed God!”
“But there was no meeting point!” you whisper.
“Unless someone pure, someone without sin, took the punishment for all our wrong doings and wrong thoughts, and that is what He has done on the cross!”
You look at Him: Jesus!
Stretched out on the cross! Wicked nails protruding from His hands and feet. Rough splinters from the wood of the cross rubbing against a back with no skin on it; removed by severe lashes Roman soldiers so freely had given him. His head dripping from a thorny crown forcibly pushed down, nearly gorging out His eyes.
His eyes, open: Lifeless!
And suddenly you know why Jesus who raised Himself from the dead three days later, decided to die on the cross: You know that with His death, and with you accepting the fact He died for you, your punishment’s been taken care of!
So, now walk with Him! Talk with Him! Laugh with Him! And feel His hugs, and even as others practice social distancing during this coronavirus time, He won’t!
That’s why Good Friday is a good day: A Celebration of the return of our relationship to God!
Wouldn’t you like it to be your celebration too?
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12 thoughts on “The Cross and a Coronavirus Celebration..!”
It is comforting that even with social distancing during this Carnivorous times, Jesus won’t distance with is.
A wonderful discription of Good Friday being a good day of Celebration of our return of our relationship with God.
Beautifully said….. the Good news on Good Friday…….TGIF…????
Bob, you must have born as a preacher. You summarized the life and death of Jesus who was born with a mission and in his death that mission is fulfilled so that you and I can live without guilt.
Very beautifully and well written. Rekindling the relationship between man and Jesus. What an amazing love and sacrifice that was !
Thank you Bob, for reminding us all that he had sacrificed for us on the cross.
Kudos to your article and Praise
to Our God who loves us sinners so much to die a gruesome death to win our redemption.
Faith upon any body is too dangerous for one & all.
Yes Bob! He died for my sins, He’s my Savior my Lord and my friend! Thank you for sharing, God bless you! ???
Beautiful write up on Good Friday ! And the repetition of one entire paragraph has enhanced the impact !
Article very well written..in detail..very well explained.
.I still have to hear that from the pulpit..Wisdom given to you from heaven.
This Good Friday , I have been meditating on the Crusifixion detailed so explicitly.
Good Friday reminds one of the ultimate sacrifice born out of love of the Father for His creation. No other event in history had such a far reaching and sweeping change on the course of human life.
A very well written piece . Endearing .
This shows the beautiful relationship we all have with god. Let us now start or renew the relationship with God once again.