"The Cross is God exhibiting His nature. It is the gate through which any and every individual can enter into oneness with God. But it is not a gate we pass right through; it is one where we abide in the life that is found there."--Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 6.
This morning our family had the opportunity to participate in a Good Friday service. About fifty of us from TCIS gathered in a living room, read John 18 and 19, prayed together and I lead some worship songs on my guitar. We considered Jesus' death upon the cross. We sang of Jesus on the cross. We remembered Jesus on the cross. We spent some time abiding in the place of the cross.
Good Friday? The story of John 18 and 19 is a grisly accounting of betrayal, injustice, false accusation, meanness, hatred, pain, torture and death. What is good about that?
I saw some good today in Good Friday. In all of the darkness, silence and pain of Good Friday I found fellowship and life. This morning we sat together, abiding in the place of the cross. We shared in silence and in prayer the doubts, the fears, the questions, the lonliness, and the pain that still seems to linger--even after last year's Easter morning sunrise service--and in the midst of the darkness we found....love.
"....the greatest of these is love."
On the cross we see Jesus. In the cross we find hope and life. Through the cross we find the means to love others.
The life we find at the cross is love. Spend some time there and.....
Have a Good Friday.