This was originally posted on Good Friday of 2013.
“Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” – BCP
Today we remember that Christ died under the Seven Sins. Not that he fell to temptation, but was defeated, killed, and shamed by them. We still wage our battle as followers against those sins, but we remember that for a short, three days our leader and king was dead and buried. He had entered into the fortress of Hell which no man had ever returned.
Christ showed us that Sin and rebellion lead to death by taking part in this death. Though he combated death to free us, we watched Him die. We remember the sight of his bloody corpse. We remember our confusion and disappointment. We did not understand this death. Even tonight, so many years later, it is still mysterious.
But what we do know is this: Christ died so that we could see the effects of our sin and so that we would be enabled to decide against it. We should take seriously what Christ’s death means for living a holy life. Will we throw up our hands in defeat when things are not in our favor and hope seems lost? Or can we anticipate that there is still hope and that all things are possible in God? We have a hope coming. We can go home in thought and meditation on what Christ’s death means, but let’s not forget that it is going to take us somewhere, someday soon.
For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. – 1 Corinthians 15:25-26
…he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. – Philippians 2:8
What makes you want to give up on following Jesus? Is it hurt and disappointment? Will you grab onto hope in these moments to hope and possibility that could be provided by a creative God?