Acts 3 in today's readings contain a very appropriate passage for this day, Good Friday. (Incidentally, the Good in Good Friday comes perhaps from either God's Friday, in earlier versions, or Holy Friday, with Holy being 'good,' and eventually being replaced by the word).
At Acts 3:18, we read "...what God foretold by the mouth prophets of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled."
It is often asked, who killed Jesus. The answers include the Roman authorities, the Jewish religious leaders, or the crowd calling for his death. The answers include us. We all killed Jesus. Martin Luther said "We all carry about in our pockets His very nails."
But the text today tells us God fulfilled the plan of Jesus' crucifixion. The prophets said it would happen, and He, God, fulfilled it.
Christ's death and resurrection was not plan B, an alternative version of history that God had hoped to avoid but resorted to as a backup.
Christ's death and resurrection were THE plan. At Acts 2:23 we read "this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God. Scripture says this everywhere [emphasis added in each of the texts]:
Luke 22:22 "For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined."
John 10:17 "No one takes it [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority t lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father."
Mark 10:14 "For the Son of Man came...to give his life a ransom for many."
Mark 14:21 "For the Son of Man goes as it has been written of him."
On the road to Emmaus, after his resurrection, Jesus encounters two followers of his who're walking along and discussing his crucifixion and resurrection. They still did not grasp the significant of it all, or that it had been meant to happen. In what I have previously called in a previous post one of the best sermons of the bible, we read at Luke 24:25:
""O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
This Good Friday, think on the intent and purpose of his coming, the foreknowledge and plan of God the Father and Christ the Son, the deliberate plan of salvation to redeem a people from sin through atonement.
Good Friday indeed!
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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