(Written on April 10, 2009 – Good Friday)
There is a darkness over our area, heavy cloud cover, thunder rolling, rain (heavy at times) continues to fall, it is damp and dreary with a chill in the air. As the trees, with their newly opened leaves, wave at me through the windows, beckoning me to come out and help them somehow, I am amazed to find myself thinking “what a glorious day!” Now, dear ones, before you start shaking your head and thinking “this lady has lost it”, let me tell you why.
It is “Good Friday” . . . a day that almost all of my life I remember as gloomy (in the natural), is a day where we reflect solely upon God’s mercy and greatest love . . . the ultimate sacrifice that our Lord Jesus WILLINGLY made for us . . . to quote the note in today’s devotional from Our Daily Bread (RBC Ministries, 4/10/2009) “The cross of Christ reveals the love of God at its best and the sin of the world at its worst.” You see . . . ‘they’ didn’t crucify Jesus, “I” did, “you” did, “we” did . . . It was my sin He took upon Himself – He, Who was Holy and Blameless and Perfect, became me up on that tree where he hung. Where His precious blood flowed out from His body, that now and forever washes me clean – places His robes of righteousness upon me . . . this is such a glorious thing! It is a most glorious day!
Oh, Abba Father! The Love You have for us! The glorious Love, the perfect gift presented to us in our deepest, darkest sin-filled lives! We can never even begin to express the humble gratitude within our hearts at such a gift as You have given! Lord Jesus, what You went through, for us! We can never even begin to repay . . . as that song says, “He paid a debt, He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay.” Oh, Jesus, our dearest Lord and Savior, that You laid down Your perfect sin-free life to allow us to once again have complete fellowship with the Father through You! Thank You! But, then, You even went further . . . Lord, You sent us a Teacher, a Comforter, a Partner, our Deposit . . . our ‘Engagement Ring’ (You know I love to think about it that way!) – Holy Spirit – to guide us and direct us and keep us in the right way until You (our Bridegroom) returns for us (Your bride)! S0, Abba, thank You for this GLORIOUS DAY! We rejoice in Your goodness! We rejoice in Your love! We rejoice in You! Amen and amen.
May His richest blessings be yours, this day and always!
(c) KLH 4Given Ministries 2009