It’s Good Friday. This has always struck me as a really dumb name for this day. Christ was betrayed and crucified.
Yes, I’m fully aware that His death was a necessary component of the Gospel. Got it.
But this is the rejection of the Son of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life. He came to His own and His own received Him not. This is heart breaking.
Our Christianity focuses way too much on the positive. I know the Gospel is “Good News.” Got it. But before the Good News comes the Bad News.
In all our discussing of the Gospel, never forget to emphasize just how awful we are. We killed the Lord of Glory.
People do not like God. They do not like anything that God likes. What man esteems is an abomination in the sight of God. We’re on completely different pages.
If you are approaching pastoral ministry thinking, “If I preach the Word, if I emphasize Christ, my church will grow.” You’re in for a surprise.