Hanging in the Balance

Today is such a fascinating day.  It is the day between Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, and Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection. It is a day that some 2,000 years ago the disciples would have mourned and contemplated the future of this great movement their Rabbi had started. The future was unknown to them.  It seemed that this great man, the very Son of God, had just been murdered on a cross and this new movement known as ‘The Way’ was now in jeopardy.  What would the days ahead bring?  Many of them had abandoned their previous careers and callings to follow Christ.  Would they return to these previous professions?  Would they be linked with this ‘revolutionary’ and experience a similar fate?  So many questions and seemingly so few answers.

Have you ever been there?  You seem to be in a place of uncertainty.  You are hanging in this balance of what was and possibly what could be. For the story of Christ, we know the ending.  We know that Christ did rise again and the movement eventually called ‘Christianity’ not only survived, but impacted the entire known world of that day.  For your life, though, what does the future hold?  What will the coming days, weeks and months bring?  Although I can’t answer those questions specifically, the Apostle Paul penned some powerful words only a few years after Christ’s resurrection that apply very well to this place of uncertainty:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Remember that although you don’t know all the answers and what the future might hold, there is a God that holds the future and is not uncertain.  He is ‘working all things’ toward His purposes and will not abandon or forget you!

Amazing Grace for an Amazing Day

As I think this morning about the grace we have experienced as followers of Christ, I am so grateful that the God I serve wasn’t afraid to come down from heaven to save a ‘wretch like me’. I am humbled by the fact that an almighty God would care enough to take the form of man and submit Himself to death. But I am overjoyed to know that neither death nor the grave could hold Him down! We serve a God that is loves the unloved, the unimportant, the outcast. I am so proud to serve such a God. As I was reflecting this morning on the incredible God I serve, this song came to mind. It is as true today as it was in 1772:

John Newton, 1772

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Good Friday

Today is Friday.

Good Friday.

But is it really good?

It’s just another day.

But it’s not just another day.

It’s the day a price was paid for my very soul.

Today is considered good not because of anything I have done.

It is considered good because of the death of a great man.

And not just any great man.

The very Son of God.

How can this be good?

It is my death.

I am the one that deserves death.

But He gave His life.

He is the one that experienced death.

And I received life.

It’s backwards.

But it’s truth.

Today is Friday. And today is Good.

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