Good Friday is all about The Cross. Make sure you take time to meditate and give your life in the light of this great day of sacrifice.
“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” John Stott
“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” Hans Urs von Balthasar
I am enjoying reading Paul Hattaway’s book From Headhunters to Church Planters, an account of the spiritual awakening in Nagaland that took place in the 20th century. As my wife’s family come from Northeast India it is an insightful read.
Early on Hattaway describes the sort of men that the American Missions Board was looking for in order to see the Great Commission fulfilled in that land of headhunters.
My thinking went immediately to the latter verse of Hebrews 11 where we find an incomplete list of saints who acted with bold and courageous faith,
Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
I know nothing more of Edward Scott except that I would desire to be of the same spirit as men such as him.
As I am in the UK and deskless I am not writing at the moment. Just in case the void was too great for you I thought I would show two of my favourite cartoons of recent times. Both seem highly pertinent to the way christians approach much of life though I shan’t explain my ecclesiological or theological thinking behind each.
In a number of different colleges I have used David Pawson’s Unlocking the Old / New Testament videos – they are superb!
Now they are all available on YouTube – I highly commend them to you.