April 3, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bossier City, LAA
INI + AMEN.
It’s all come down to this. Good Friday. All of history had been waiting for this moment. It was a promise a long time in being fulfilled: “He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.” The ancient serpent would be undone. The Lord God Himself must do it. “Truly no one can ransom another, nor pay to the LORD the price of his life.” It was foretold, but, more than foretold, it was promised, sealed, and delivered. YHWH says, “They will look on Me whom they have pierced.” We sang of it at Christmas, “Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me, for you.” And here it is, we remember it this day, when the Eternal and Everlasting Son of God, by whom all things were made, who upholds all things, “the wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of peace” is beaten, bloody, nailed naked to a cross. Something so glorious angels can’t look at it. Something so horrid that creation itself hides its face: “Darkness was over the whole earth from the six hour to the ninth hour.” Yet humanity is there mocking Him, rejecting Him. But let’s not mourn. This is our salvation, our deliverance from sin, our conquering of the devil, our victory over death. As the Psalmist says about Good Friday, “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Continue reading