I am incomplete without the cross
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land… until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli,lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. Mat 27: 33-35,45,46.50
Jesus Christ died on the cross for me.
I know I am a sinner, I know that I despirately need the forgiveness that comes through the death of Christ on the cross, I realise fully that I need to embrace the reality of the cross in my life on a daily basis. In fact it has become for me an essential part of my day, to sit down and pause, to bring to mind my sin and to hand it over to Jesus. My aim isn’t to bash myself or put myself down, but to fully accept the freely given gift of forgiveness that washes me clean every time!
It is only in realising my sin and admitting it to God that I can fully realise how weak I am and how much I need Jesus.
I now realise that I am incomplete without Jesus.
So Good Friday, when I recall Jesus’ death on the cross is for me about being reminded that I am not complete, that completeness is to be found at the foot of the cross, in being reliant on Jesus.
And before I go I must share about my Good Friday service experience! It was a joint church service in a park, in the centre of town. The story of the crucifixion was told as a dramatic reading and I read the part of Jesus. As we approached the actual crucifixion the storm clouds rolled in blocking out the sun and blue sky.. then as we read about the death of Christ, thunder banged across the sky accompanied by lightening in the distance in full view of the congregation!! The service finished and the clouds disappeared..
What an amazing experience!!
Share in the comments below about your Good Friday, and what Good Friday means to you, I would love to hear!!
God bless ya!
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