|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Why did He die for me?”
Today is the day we have come to call “Good Friday.” It’s the anniversary of the day that Jesus was crucified. It was not a “good” day for Him, but it sure was for us. It’s the day the price for our sins was paid once and for all and therefore, for us, it was a very good day indeed.
Recently a friend at church gave me another little book of poems. This one was “Poems of Praise and Worship” by Dave Conaghan. One of the poems has the title “Why” and it is about the crucifixion.
Why did He die for me? Why did He go to the Cross?
He was God’s Holy Lamb
Son of the Great I Am.
Why did He suffer such loss?
Why did He die for me? Why was there any real need?
He could have called angels down
And take the crown.
Why did He suffer and bleed?
Why did He die for me? Why did He take my place?
It should have been me
They hung on that tree.
Why such Mercy and Grace?
Why did He die for me? Why did He perish that day?
It was God’s holy plan
To redeem sinful man.
Why would I turn Him away?
Why did He die for us? Pastor John MacArthur says that 2 Corinthians 5:21 (above) explains it. It was so there could be a great substitution. On the one side of the substitution Jesus took the punishment for all of our sins. On the other side we were given all of His righteousness so we would be worthy to enter God’s pure, perfect, and holy heaven. On the cross, Jesus made that possible for us.
I will have more to say about this on Easter Sunday in my sermon at Oak Hill Baptist Church. I invite you to join us for an Easter brunch at 9:00 and for an Easter celebration at 10:00. For now, as a Christian community, on this Good Friday, let’s all take time to prayerfully thank Jesus for bearing our punishment on that cross.
(Join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church every Sunday at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville)
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