(Editor’s Note: This blog was first distributed in 2005, and has been offered annually on or near Good Friday since that first publication.)
good (good) adj. bet’ter, best I. a general term of approval or commendation 1. suitable to a purpose; effective; b) producing favorable results; beneficial
The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was - and is - part of the “good” declared by God at creation. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, NIV). The fall was not good; sin, disobedience, suffering is not good. But God’s purpose in creation, and the redemptive drama that ensued, was – and is – good.
Some would put God in the dock for placing such a burden on human life – that through our creation and giving us free will He knew the suffering we would experience. What is less noticed is how God always knew of Good Friday. In the rapture of creation, the cross loomed large. Yes, there would be suffering, but none more so than for God Himself.
C.S. Lewis writes:
God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing – or should we say “seeing”? there are no tenses in God – the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated incipient suffocation as the body droops, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath’s sake, hitched up. If I may dare the biological image, God is a “host” who deliberately creates His own parasites; causes us to be that we may exploit and “take advantage of” Him. Herein is love. This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.
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Communion and Baptism
This Palm Sunday weekend, we're going to do something at Meck we've never done before. We always strive for creativity and innovation, but that's not what we mean here. We mean that we're going to experience two things in a single service that we've never experienced together before.
And to raise the stakes even higher, both are "sacraments." The most holy, sacred, compelling events of the Christian faith.
One is baptism, the other is the Lord's Supper.
But we're not just going to experience them, senior pastor James Emery White will be teaching about them. Exploring them. Investigating their meaning and significance for our lives.
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