Good Friday Thoughts

Friday, April 22, 2011

One thought has stayed with me throughout this week that I would love to share. On the first Palm Sunday as Jesus entered Jerusalem he was greeted with shouts and praises. When the Pharisees told Jesus to quiet his disciples for fear of retribution, Jesus replied, "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Luke 19:40. Our pastor put it this way, God had set the stage for what was happening. The whole world, including nature, was pointing to this main event. If the people didn't shout it out, then nature would take over. This was His time!

No one was shouting praises for Jesus by that first Good Friday, but now it is our turn. We live with the knowledge of the immeasurable love that was displayed for us by Jesus that first Easter. So, let's not let the stones do all the shouting. He is risen and we have much to celebrate!

Isaiah 53:4-5  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
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