Good Friday Service: The Cross of Christ is what strength looks like. Jesus took the weight of our sins upon himself and bore the full wrath of God for those sins. He could have chosen to end it, but in his strength, he bore that for us. He gave himself for our weakness, and because he endured, we can run the race before us with his strength.
Jesus instituted this new ordinance, redefining the Passover Feast as a covenant meal that reminds us of his perfect sacrifice, assures us the new covenant promises are true, and proclaims the Lord's death until he returns. Remember, if you are in Christ, those promises (Jer. 31:34) are yours: he has written his law on your heart, he is your God, you know him, and he has paid the price for your sin and forgiven your iniquity. Glory to God!
It is possible to experience peace and joy in the midst of persecution because we can rest in the certain glory of Christ, a glory that was peculiar from man's perspective as Jesus headed to the cross, yet this glory was also planned by God, purposeful, and pre-existing. In Christ we can stand against persecution and suffer for God remembering this certainty.
We need the Psalms in our conversation with God!
Mickey Connolly reminds us that even those things we might perceive as setbacks can be used by God to advance the gospel!
Prophecy is speaking forth a revelation that the Holy Spirit has laid on one’s heart/mind in order to build up, encourage, and comfort the church. Though prophecy’s message will vary according to the need of the moment, it is always consistent with Scripture.
Our role is to tell the story—to our children and grandchildren, to all generations. Particularly as parents, but also as older children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, or neighbors, our role is to tell the story. We tell the story; God brings the deliverance!