Friday, April 2, 2010

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle...When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." John 19:16-18, 30a

There's a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands an old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
To gain a man's soul or it's loss
On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha's hill
The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God's son, in the balance
And then through the darkness he cries

It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord

Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging
Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were battlefields of my own making
I didn't know that the war had been won
Oh, but then I heard the king of the ages
Had fought all the battles for me
And that victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise his name, I am free.

Today, Good Friday, let's remember Christ's suffering on the cross. Let's remember the anguish and pain and sorrow he bore on his shoulders because of you and me. Thankfully the story doesn't end with an innocent man being scourged, whipped, mocked, spit upon, and crucified! The highlight of the story isn't until 3 days later! And the story itself continues on in the hearts of those who received this Perfect Sacrifice as their own and took hold of the freedom and salvation Christ alone can bring!

Oh praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the grave!!!