Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

I believe.

Despite my foolish self.

Intensely. Intimately.

I am moved deeply within the fabric of my being because I believe.

I’m elated at the thought of being accepted by God.

I’m humbled at the cost paid to ransom me from my personal imprisonment and eternal death sentence.

Why do the heathen so furiously rage together?
And why do the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth stand up.
And the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against his Anointed
.[1]

Some despised him.

Some laughed at him.

Some gloated over their supposed victory.

It’s interesting, in a sick sort of way, how some things haven’t changed. Even after two millennia.

He’s still despised.

He’s still laughed at.

Untold millions live their lives gloating over their sins and sinful choices.

Crucified.

The Light that came and walked among men was physically extinguished and darkness, literal darkness, replaced the light of the noonday sun as a sign of the grief felt in the heavenly realm.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
[2]

It is more than a little distressing to look at the condition of the world that we live in, at all the spiritual darkness that seems to prevail in its efforts to hide the Light of Life. But I’m really not surprised at any of it these centuries away from those years when Christ walked among us and taught us how to live.

He that dwelleth in heaven will laugh them to scorn.
The Lord will have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath,
And vex them in his sore displeasure
.[3]

Presumptuous?

Maybe.

But.

If the Scriptures were correct in foretelling the Messianic arrival in the first place, then it makes sense to accept the truth that things as we know them will have a point of culmination where Divine Retribution will be justly administered to its due recipients.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

[1] Ps. 2:1-2
[2] Jn. 1:4-5
[3] Ps. 2:4-5