Thread: Good Friday Thoughts...
April 9th 2004, 06:31 AM #1
Good Friday Thoughts...
“Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, ‘I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed is head and gave up his spirit.” (*John 20:28 - 20:30 NLT)
Jesus’ first miracle involved turning water into wine at a wedding celebration. For me when Jesus tasted the sour wine it was symbol of the taste death leaves in one’s life. Jesus’ last miracle involved turning the bitterness of death into the sweetness of eternal life!
One might think Jesus’ whole life was spent for the day he would die on the cross. Yet in actuality he spent only a few hours there. So that may leave one to think his whole life was spent for the day he would lie in a tomb. Yet in actuality he spent only three days in the tomb.
Jesus’ whole life was spent for the day when he’d return to the Father because one day each of us will need to do likewise. In the last days of his life Jesus told his disciples, “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There and many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know where I am going and how to get there.” (*John 14:1 - 14:4 NLT)
At the low points of my life the thought of a mansion built by Jesus sustains me and gives me hope. The thought of Jesus coming back to get me to take me on tour of my room sustains me.
It must have been a horrible experience for those who had placed their lives in Jesus to watch as he died. I can only imagine the fear they felt I can only imagine the dark clouds of doubt that enveloped them. I wonder how many people stopped lost hope? I am so grateful for the writers of the Bible because I have the whole story and even on my darkest days I know there’ll be light eventually because I have Jesus as my Savior.
Thank you Jesus.
Thank you Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
April 9th 2004, 12:37 PM #2
Amen, thank you Jesus, for my life in You, for the hope I have of being with You one day, for the cleansing of my sins by Your death.
Thank you, Gary, for a beautiful reminder of all that we have in Christ.
Securely anchored to the Rock against every storm of trial, testing and tribulation.
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