Friday, April 3, 2015

Business as Usual

There are some businesses closed for Good Friday, and some schools closed for vague reasons.  But for most, it is business as usual.  It is one holiday -- "holy day" -- untouched by commercial enterprises.

It is viewed by most as a day to get prepared for Easter, organizing the menu, buying the food, setting the table, and trying not to consume all the jelly beans.

And yet in a very real sense, it is a day of preparation, because without Good Friday, there would not be Easter.  Without Christ dying on the cross for our sins, there would not be a Resurrection.

For by a single offering,
He has perfected
          for all time
those who have been sanctified.
...Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer
     any offering for sin.

                     Hebrews 10. 14, 18

Christ took care of it all.

And for that,
    we can thank Him today.

But He was wounded
    for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement
          that made us whole,
and with His stripes
                  we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray,
we have turned each one
            to his own way,
and the LORD has laid on Him,
the iniquity of us all.

                   Isaiah 53. 5-6

God loves us
                that much.
Business as usual.

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