Our Stomachs Turn While Our Grateful Hearts Burn

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Happy GOOD Friday Everyone!

Oh, did I mention today is GOOD Friday? Yes, it is Good Friday everyone… the holy day that we Christ followers remember Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It’s a VERY big deal… and a very awesome day! 

Think about the following Old Testament prophecy given through the prophet Isaiah hundreds of years before Jesus came into the earth. 

Isaiah 52:13-14 MSG

Just watch my servant blossom! 
   Exalted, tall, head and shoulders above the crowd!
But he didn’t begin that way
   At first everyone was appalled.
He didn’t even look human— 
   a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.

I think about how amazing Jesus is to so many millions of us throughout the earth today. I think about how we esteem him and love him… and attribute our beautiful lives to his awesome sacrifice. Jesus BLOSSOMS in this age of grace… EXALTED, TALL, HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE CROWD! 

But HE DID NOT START THAT WAY.

At first… everyone was appalled… they could not stomach the gore of his passion! Isaiah predicted: He didn’t even look human… a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.

Philippians 2:5-11 NLT

 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

 Though he was God,
      he did not think of equality with God
      as something to cling to.
 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
      
he took the humble position of a slave
      and was born as a human being.
 When he appeared in human form,
      he
humbled himself in obedience to God
      and
died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
      and gave him the name above all other names,
      that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
      and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.”

So then, when we look at the passion of Christ we witness something that turns our stomach. Beholding our savior disfigured beyond human recognition… bleeding out for you and me… it’s almost more than we can bear.

Yet, this passion is the greatest LOVE STORY ever told! And while our stomachs turn… our grateful HEARTS BURN with appreciation and we melt at the foot of his cross.

On Good Friday each and every year we visit the cross… we bow in silence before that holy place that Jesus ransomed his life for ours! We consider the humility of GOD ALMIGHTY, reaching down to serve us and suffer for us! We are reminded that WE MUST HAVE THE SAME ATTITUDE that Christ Jesus had… and that humility is the surest way for God to LIFT US UP and make us great!

Let me end with the verse I began with: “Just watch my servant blossom! Exalted, tall, head and shoulders above the crowd… BUT HE DIDN’T BEGIN THAT WAY!”   

Maybe on this Good Friday, we can thank God for our own CROSSES as we remember the results of our saviors obedience! God is a righteous judge… and he still says to us, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and he will RAISE YOU UP!”

We have a Good Friday service from 12-1pm at Destiny Family Center today… come if you can… and have a most outstanding day!