Ultimate Joy

Good Friday

Posted on: April 3, 2010

In order to contemplate the holiness of this day, I spent some time in Borrego Park listening to the birds.  To spend Good Friday in the sunlight in a tranquil meadow was a change for me.  Normally, I attend a church service focused on the awesome sacrifice that Christ made for us today.

Yet God is everywhere, and to seek Him in nature was what my soul needed today.  To revel in the shafts of sunlight and in the lyrical sounds of the birds made me love our Savior even more.

Christ’s analogy to birds struck me while I listened to their playful noises. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10: 29 – 31)

But on Good Friday another passage came to mind:  “We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.”  (Psalm 124:7)  That’s what we commemorate today – our release from death, from sin, from our fallen nature.  The One who was blameless took our sins and as a result, we can fly free.  We can reach towards to heavens, towards a loving God, floating free and forgiven.

The power of the cross brings us into a whole new way of thinking and living. Our old life is gone, and the new life of Jesus Christ has come. Yes, the cross means we have died, but the cross also means that Christ is our life. We have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live, yet it is not us who lives, but it is Christ living in us.

Let the cross of Jesus Christ do its work within you and let the Holy Spirit fill you with His power to live a life of resurrection—to live as He lives; to love as He loves; to think as He thinks; to feel as He feels; to walk as He walks.

This is freedom, this is His will, this is His glory.

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