The Greatest Friday

April 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

Good Friday Everyone:

This morning I had the privilege of gathering with several brothers and sisters at the home of Jerold and Sherri Givens. We sat outside and had a time of mutual encouragement as we reflected on the impact of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We shared communion and prayed for one another.

We all agreed that we are a community of failures, but that the cross unmistakably declares that God’s grace, which is His love acting specifically upon our sin, is greater than our sins, our past and our failures. Name your shame, name your sin, but when you turn to Christ you can add these words: paid in full. Good Friday was the Greatest Friday ever.

Tonight in our Worship Center we’ll reflect on the cross in a Good Friday service at 6:30. And it will be personal. Jesus died for your sins and your sins put him there. Jesus died for my sins and my sins put him there. As John Stott has said so well, “Until you see the cross as that which is done by you, you will never appreciate that it is done for you.”

Tonight, the cross in the front of our Worship Center will be draped in black.

But not on Sunday.

On Sunday the cross will be draped in victory colors and I’m looking forward to celebrating Easter with you and bringing an Easter message called, “The Hinge of History!” Jesus really is who He said He is, He did what He said He would do, and He still offers what only He can offer.

I encourage you to INVITE others to Easter Sunday because when you invite someone personally you are letting them know that they are welcome here. So, text, Facebook, phone, email, tweet, or whatever – you know someone who needs a refresher on how the power of the resurrection dismantles every other power and sets us free.

I look forward to gathering with you this Easter Sunday morning (8:15; 9:45; 11:15) as we celebrate the wonder that “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!” Some of you may come with joyful hearts, some of you may come with heavy hearts, and we can all come with receptive hearts to receive a touch of Christ’s hope.

One of my favorite songs this time of year is the old hymn “And Can It Be” and I like the version by the group Glad. Listen to it as you watch the video link below and let the profound truths of this song wash your spirit. And when you come to verse three (“Boldly I come ..), don’t hold back. Don’t hold back your emotion, your gratitude or your worship.

Because He Lives,

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