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Good Friday (Full Service)

April 10, 2020 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Lent

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: Good Friday 2020
Date: April 9, 2020; Good Friday
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Through the horrific events of Good Friday the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled.
  • God has kept his promise to save you and me from sin and death.
  • Jesus Christ, true God and true man, drank the cup of wrath that should have been ours, so that we who are sinful and unrighteous can and will be in God’s holy presence forever.
  • The cup of wrath that our Saviour drank contained every last drop of the sin, shame, and death that was rightfully the world’s - that was rightfully and justly ours.
  • This includes the most evil sins ever committed, the worst atrocities of humanity, and it includes every sin that you have ever committed.
  • The cost that our Lord paid for our salvation was great.  
  • On the night when he was betrayed, Jesus knew full well what lay ahead of him: a long night of interrogation followed by sheer horror – the stripping and the scourging, the shame and the spitting, the nailing and the dying in utter darkness and degradation. 
  • And yet this seeming humiliation and defeat was Christ’s finest hour. 
  • It was for this very purpose that he came into the world - he came to sacrifice himself, to lay down his life to save all people from sin and the grip of death.
  • Christ’s sacrifice that first Holy Week was a sacrifice of love. 
  • It was because the Father so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son into the death of the cross. 
  • And so, full of the Father’s love, Jesus gladly and willingly laid down his life and poured out his blood for us all. 
  • In our stead, he endured that cross, scorning its shame - and he is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • God’s promise of salvation is fulfilled.  God is in control.  In Christ, Your future is sure and secure.
  • We are experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety and uncertainty right now.
  • Our lives have been turned upside down these last few weeks.
  • It is very unsettling to see the impact this pandemic has had on the economy, on employment, on our daily interactions and lives.  
  • How long will it last? What will our lives be like on the other side?
  • It is very disturbing to see footage from the hospitals and to hear the reports from healthcare workers on the front lines.
  • It is scary to hear the projections on how devastating the COVID-19 virus might be.  
  • What will the death-toll be? Hundreds of thousands? Millions?
  • The potential mortality rate, we’ve been told, could be as high as 3% or more before this is all over.
  • But we know better, don’t we?
  • We know that the actual mortality rate among humans is 100%.
  • Because of what happened in the garden when the world was new, every single human is now marked for death. 
  • In Adam all die,” is the way St. Paul bluntly puts it. (1 Corinthians 15:22)
  • But St. Paul says more: “even so, in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) 
  • This promise from God changes everything!
  • No matter what, you have God’s promise of, “…the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body, by the power that enables him to subdue all things to himself.
  • With everything that is going on, true joy seems to be in short supply right now.
  • But we remember that joy isn’t the same as happiness. 
  • Happiness is a fleeting thing - it comes and goes.
  • But joy that’s deeply rooted in Christ goes steadily on despite sorrow and adversity. 
  • In fact, joy is at full throttle when it is fuelled by faith.
  • Abide in Me and I in you, says Jesus. (John 15:4) 
  • That arrangement keeps us going through the difficult times in life long after mere happiness has come and gone. 
  • In Christ, we have a joy that can coexist with suffering, pain, and even death itself.
  • In Christ, we have joy in loving and caring for each other, as he has loved and cared for us.
  • As Jesus endured the cross for the sheer joy of loving you, so he loves his people through you now.
  • So - today and always - remember that you are not alone. 
  • The Savior who loved you all the way to death and back to life again - still loves you and lives for you now.  He is abiding in you. 
  • That love maintains our joy each day - even in this present exile.  
  • Despite the burdens of these days, Christ’s abiding love remains forever sure.
  • On This Good Friday, hear the Good news that God has kept his promise to save you and me from sin and death.  
  • All that is needed for our forgiveness, our life, our salvation has been done. 
  • What great joy it is to know that our Saviour has redeemed us and there is now nothing in all creation that can ever separate us from his love.  (Romans 8:38-39)  Amen.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.

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