As it is Good Friday, I thought it would be ideal to share a special offer available on Amazon:
50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper.
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Clearly Jesus was not concerned about safety, security, and comfort.
Jesus came on a suicide mission.
He gave His all, and He calls us to do no less.
Now with 20/20 hindsight and the wisdom of the saints of old, we know that the Cross was all part of God’s plan. “The LORD was pleased to crush Him” (Isaiah 53:10 NASB). And Jesus Himself – we know that He “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame” (Hebrews 12:2 NASB).
In the midst of suffering and pain, Christ called out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” And it calls to mind how the Shepherd will leave the 99 safe sheep in order to go find the one that is lost.
The Father abandoned the One in order to bring the 99 back to Himself.
The cross of Christ – all God’s plan, all God’s glory, worthy of all our praise.
Tonight, my wife and kids will join me in taking Communion as a family, remembering the death of Christ, looking forward to a celebration of His Resurrection on Sunday, and rejoicing every day in the power of His victory shout: It is finished.
How are you commemorating this day?