Joy Overlaid With Sorrow Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Good Friday is a time of conflicting emotions. First there is Joy in the occasion of the Passover feast. The Israelites were experiencing horrific persecution and slavery in Egypt. Babies were murdered and men were beaten. But, what joy to see how with his mighty hand God delivered his people. To commemorate this, the nation was to save up so that for that week they could party culminating in the Passover meal where they all ate like kings...

I approach Good Friday with many of the same conflicting emotions. Jesus lived under the law, but on that night he established a New Covenant, one that is the fulfillment of what came before. Instead of making allowances to cover sin, the New Covenant washes it away. It is covenant that removes us from bondage to the Law, and instead gives us the freedom of grace. What joy! Yet, to initiate this testament, Jesus had to be beaten in a most horrific way and suffer excruciating (literally, from the cross) pain. What sorrow! But Sunday is coming, Sunday is coming...

 
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