Friday, April 14, 2017

FIRST CAME FRIDAY




As we anticipate the celebration of Easter Sunday, may we be reminded -


FIRST CAME FRIDAY

The beauty and splendor of the most important day in the Christian Calendar can only be celebrated after the horror of Friday.  Jesus was beaten, humiliated, forced to drag his instrument of death up a hill, nailed to that Cross, mocked, scorned, and pierced before he died---All For Us.  He conquered it all when the stone was rolled away--when the grave was found bare--when he overcame death once and for all.



What a glorious day of celebration as we remember Why the world pauses in remembrance of this day.  The day when the price was paid to redeem the sin of all mankind.  A day like no other which dawned with a promise of an eternity filled with His love.  This day--this holiest of days which signaled the birth of the sure hope and certain promise of a better tomorrow.  The birds sang in praise and even the rocks bowed in humble adoration that first Easter morning.  

BUT FIRST FRIDAY HAD TO COME---never forget the prelude to the celebration--the price paid to guarantee the glorious dawning of a new day.  Before the first glimmer of that New Day--before the first glimpse of the light from Heaven--
Friday had to come.

May we all stop and reflect today on the reason we celebrate on Sunday--the horror that was visited on Friday---leading up to the glory revealed on Sunday.

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU & YOURS
THIS EASTER,
MY FRIENDS.


3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:3-9

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Lulu...have a beautiful weekend, friend.

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    1. Happy Easter to you ' yours, My Friend!

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  2. Excellent post, Lulu. Thank you most sincerely.

    God bless you and your family always.

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