Good Friday (Guest Post I)

Note: As Terri Schiavo dies, blogs about family issues and things going on at our home seem out of place. Tim asked if he could “Guest Post”, so here are two pieces he has written today. You might also want to check out “In Love With Death” by Peggy Noonan, who writes for the Wall Street Journal.

There is more than the overcast skies and for that make this day gray and dismal. This is the day to remember the crucifixion, to remember that blackest of all days when our rebellion against God climaxed in the killing of His Son. It was made “Good” by God when He made His Son the gift that turned away God’s righteous wrath from us.

This year a new (to me) part of the crucifixion has been weighing on my mind: the shame and mockery of justice that Jesus’ trials were. I have heard of how they were illegal, how they ignored evidence, and how they were bent only on bringing about His death, yet when I see it happen to one in 2005, and feel the outrage and injustice of it, I start (but only start) to see a further suffering of Jesus.

Our judicial branch of government showed great courage in the 1960’s standing up for the oppressed (blacks) but almost at once let the power they created for themselves corrupt them as they entered into a pattern of rulings declaring the unwanted of our society to be non – persons, not protected under the equal protection clause. They began with children before they were born, than those who were born with some problem that would hamper their “quality of life” and now a man may kill his wife because she is in “a persistent vegetative state” (a diagnosis that is disputed and subjective). They have shown themselves unfit for administering justice.

This is nothing new; remember Bunyan’s "Lord Hate-good,” the Judge who condemned Faithful.

As we witness the current injustice within our courts, let us remember that our Lord suffered the same way, leaving us an example to follow in His steps.

1 Peter 2: 21-25 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." {Isaiah 53:9} When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

- Tim


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