A Good Friday Prayer

Loving Father…

 

…it should have been me who drank the cup of your wrath – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been me who was tried for rebellion against you – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been me who was beaten with rods – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been me wearing a pathetic crown of thorns – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been me taken outside the city in disgrace – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been me who was nailed to the cross and died – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been my blood shed for my sins – but it wasn’t.

…it should have been my death as penalty for disobeying you – but it wasn’t.

 

But there your son hung – suspended between heaven and earth – as if both the earth and the heavens wanted nothing to do with him.

 

It should have been me…

But it wasn’t.

Because Jesus drank the cup of your wrath, I can now one day, drink the cup of rejoicing.

Because Jesus was judged though no fault was found in him, I can enjoy the reality of no condemnation.

Because Jesus wore the crown of thorns, I can now follow and serve him as my king.

Because Jesus was kicked out of the city, I can be brought into the family.

Because Jesus died, I will never see death.

Because Jesus paid the penalty of my sin, I now enjoy his righteousness.

Because Jesus was rejected by the Father, I am now one of your children.

 

Holy Father, with such a gift what would you have me do?

 

Command me.

Guide me.

Rule me.

Amen.

 

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

~Isaiah 53:3-5

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Weekend Events:

Good Friday Service @7 PM

Easter Sunday

1st Service @ 9AM

2nd Service @ 10:45

Bring a friend and see you there.

 

Craig

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