Good News

Friday, March 29, 2024

The Good News


There has been plenty of bad news latelyThe invasion of our southern border continues unabated. Israel is under siege. Anti-Semitism is on the rise. The war in Ukraine rages on, as does the left’s unrelenting assault on our values.


But today, on Good Friday, we focus on the perfect Lamb, the truth of scripture and exactly what it is that we as Christians are celebrating. (Hint: Its not chocolate bunnies, spiral hams or marshmallow chicks!) 


As a child, I wanted a different ending to the Easter story. If only Christ had come down from the cross and destroyed His enemies -- that would have demonstrated His power.That is what I thought then. Of course, I learned how wrong that impulse was. 


Christ had to die so that we might have everlasting life. His sacrifice on the cross saved all who believe in Him. As Charles Wesley wrote in his famous hymn: Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me?


Romans 5:8 tells us, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


While some worship a god who commands men to die for him, we worship a loving God who gave His son to die for us. What a contrast! What a savior!


Of course, Christ did more than just give up His life. He conquered death and rose from the grave. Obviously, Christmas is earthshattering in that God took on human form. Butthe Resurrection was the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation


If Christ had not risen from the grave, He would have been forgotten as a common criminal, a rabble-rouser whose birthday would have no significance. 


With Christs resurrection, we have confidence. 


Confidence in a caring Creator, rather than the chaos of the cosmos. 


Confidence in a glorious future, rather than the finality of the grave. 


Confidence that sustains us in times of trial and tribulationespecially in times such as these. 


Today, my friends, let us focus on the Good News that on Resurrection Sunday, we do not remember a prophet or a martyr. We worship the risen Son of God! 


He is risen! He is risen indeed!