Today – Good Friday - Christian pilgrims from around the world traditionally fill the narrow cobblestone streets of Jerusalem's Old City, some carrying large wooden crosses as they follow the route Jesus took on the way to his crucifixion.
All over the world today, Christians will pause to ponder anew the wonder of our Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood for the sins of the world. John Piper says, "...God purposes for the word in the death of Jesus are unfathomable." So, we can probe the mystery, but not fathom it on this Good Friday 2015. We can ponder the words of Jesus, but only faintly grasp what they meant to Him in the hour of His suffering. We can visualize the scene but we struggle to search out its meaning. Thankfully, we don't have to understand all of it to believe and reap its rewards.
My wife, Carol, and I served as pastor of Christ United Methodist of Indianola, Mississippi, from 1982 until 1989. On Good Friday 1988, we began what would become a tradition for area Christians of carrying the cross through the streets of their city.
I invite you to watch this video presentation of the 1988 Walk with the Cross in Indianola, Mississippi, as we begin at First United Methodist Church – carrying the cross through the streets of Indianola – and reaching our destination at Christ United Methodist Church.
When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. —Luke 23:33
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the human race. Only those who believe on Him, however, can receive His loving provision. The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all, but it is effective only for those who place their trust in Him.
On this Good Friday 2015, let’s thank Jesus for paying for our sin. If you haven’t repented of your sins and trusted Him, do it today!
"Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; for the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." Isaiah 53:10
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." Romans 6:23