Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Gary L. Bauer

I don't know how your week went, but this has been a tough week in Washington. I never thought I would see the day when marriage between a man and a woman would be put on trial before the United States Supreme Court!

I know the battle goes on, but I'm glad this week is over. And I am even more thankful for the time of spiritual reflection and celebration in the days ahead.

As we approach the Easter holiday, this is a good time to reflect on the truth of scripture and exactly what it is that we as Christians are celebrating. (Hint: It's not chocolate bunnies or marshmallow chicks.)

Christmas is the "big event" of the year, when friends and family gather to exchange gifts. It's easy to get wrapped up in the whole holiday season. But, ultimately, it is not a birthday that we celebrate - it is the resurrection. Far more than Christmas, it is Easter that makes us Christians!

If Christ had not risen from the grave, He would have been forgotten as a common "rebel rouser" whose birthday would have no significance.

Today, on Good Friday, we think about the Cross and the sacrifice paid for our sins; the amazing love that took our place; and the grace we have been given. Thank God for the cross and the empty tomb!

With Christ's resurrection, we have confidence. We have confidence in a caring Creator, rather than the chaos of the cosmos. We have confidence in a glorious future, rather than the finality of the grave. It is this confidence that sustains us in times of trial and tribulation - in times like these.

Why do we have such confidence? Because "It is finished." Christ's atoning work on the Cross is done, and we are saved.

On Easter morning, we do not gather to remember a martyr. We come together to worship the risen Son of God!

He is risen! He is risen indeed!