This Week's Article
We come to the foot of the cross on this Good Friday and find another oxymoron, a dead Savior. Sent to redeem the fallen world, His body hangs lifeless on the cross. Blood and water gushes from the spear wound in His side, but not a bone is broken on the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God, however, is Shepherd still. Jesus’ saving death conquered sin, death, and the devil for all eternity as He announced for all to hear, including Satan himself, as He descended to hell to proclaim His most wonderful victory. As the disciples and those close to Jesus mourn His death, we can indeed call this Good Friday. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his (Romans 6:5 NIV).
Verse of the Week
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54 NIV).
Last Week's Article
Celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples was the reason Jesus was in the upper room that Thursday evening, but service would soon occupy the driver’s seat. Jesus got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:4). Jesus sets for us the divine example. Just as He washed His disciples’ feet, we wash the feet of those placed in our lives. Thankfully, however, His service doesn’t stop at just setting an example. He gives His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins ... once and for all on the cross and each time we are blessed to receive His very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine of the most blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion as our risen Savior serves as both Host and Feast.