|A main street at midday - all but deserted.|
|Filing past our house|
But there's a fundamental difference between us. These men and women sincerely believe that today, Good Friday, is a day when Christ is literally dead. God's back is turned today, and there is no deity left to protect or defend mortal man. They march in silent fear.
Some of these people may go so far today as to 'crucify' themselves as penance for their sin. They will use anesthesia to numb their hands before actually being nailed to a cross. These same men and women take communion with fear and trembling, believing that in the blessing of the bread, it actually becomes the literal body of Christ, and the cup becomes His literal blood as He is sacrificed once again for their sin.
But this cannot be the same Christ who suffered on Calvary.
...just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,
will appear a second time,
not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Our Savior died once, satisfying God's wrath against sin. Could we imply that Jesus' death wasn't enough? Do we need to take on the pain of crucifixion too as penance? Or should we insist that Christ suffer again and again, believing that what He did 2000 years ago could not fully atone for our sin?
For Christ also suffered once for sins,
the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18
Jesus Himself said, "It is finished!" And He sat down next to His Father.
His sacrifice is done for all time.
So on this Good Friday morning, I can rest here on our couch with my cup of tea,
because He completely finished the work.
Thanks be to God!