Why Is Good Friday Good?

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Today is Good Friday. Its the day we remember Jesus’ suffering on the cross. With the heart wrenching sadness of how Jesus was treated leading up to this day and the day itself, its a wonder why it is called GOOD Friday?

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (2 Peter 2:24) 

 

~It’s called GOOD Friday because of what Jesus did at that time. He was questioned, humiliated, flogged, scourged, made to wear a crown of thorns, spit on, hit with bare hands, mocked and hung a cross. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise. (Mark 10:34) He was declared innocent publicly by Pontious Pilate before the Jews. Nothing criminal was about him yet he was treated like a criminal, receiving the treatment of criminals at that time. He had not merited that kind of abuse yet he endured it. This he endured that we might be saved.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus is sinless. There was no sin in him yet he suffered as a sinner should. Jesus submitted to this suffering on our behalf. See and be humbled by the patient suffering of our Savior for our sins…for our brokenness…for our salvation. He was made to be sin so that we might be declared righteous.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus humbled himself to bear the thorns on his head and the cross on his back so that we might wear the crown of life and never have to carry our own burdens. He suffered this for us, wretched souls so undeserving.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus faced judgement and condemnation. He was mocked as the “King of Jews”. He did this that we might know grace and be pardoned. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
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Good Friday is good because it is about “one man’s [Jesus] obedience” that “many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Jesus willingly sacrificed himself. He was purposeful and gave himself up by his own choosing. This act of love done so that we might have the forgiveness of sin.

~Good Friday is good because when Jesus “yielded up his spirit” (Matthew 27:50), at that very moment, the curtain in the temple was “torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The symbol of separation between man and God was destroyed. Jesus did this for us! We can come boldly to the Throne of Grace!

~Good Friday is good because of all of this. Good because Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to die for us…on the cross…in our place. God was willing to allow his only Son to be crucified so that we might be free.

I’m humbled to my knees. A hymn sung for Good Friday says it well…
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Isaac Watts)

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. 
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; 
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. 
3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. 
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown. 
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
 love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Good Friday happened and it was meant for good. And Resurrection Sunday is coming! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)

What does Good Friday mean to you?

 

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Desire For A Joy-Filled Life

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The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him. (D.L.Moody)

O Christ,
All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight.
Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice.
For my JOY thou hast sent the Comforter,
                      multiplied thy promises,
                      shown me my future happiness,
                      given me a living fountain.
Thou art preparing JOY for me and me for JOY;
I pray for JOY, wait for JOY, long for JOY;
    give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of.
Measure out to me my times and degrees of JOY,
    at my work, business, duties.
If I weep at night, give me JOY in the morning.
Let me rest in the thought of thy love,
             pardon for sin, my title to heaven,
             my future unspotted state.
I am an unworthy recipient of thy grace.
I often disesteem thy blood and slight thy love,
     but can in repentance draw water
     from the wells of thy JOYOUS forgiveness.
Let my heart leap towards the eternal sabbath,
    where the work of redemption, sanctification,
    preservation, glorification
    is finished and perfected for ever,
   where thou wilt rejoice over me with JOY.
~From The Valley of Vision, A Puritan Prayer. 
 
Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

 

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Has the Handwritten Letter Become Extinct?

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When I was younger, probably around the age of 13, I was the pen pal of a man who spent six months out of the year away from his home. It was good for him to have someone to write to and I truly loved being the recipient of his letters. He would send me stamps from different countries he visited. I ended up with a real cool stamp collection because of the foreign stamps I received. He also shared stories of what he did while gone. They were his precious adventures he penned just for me to read.

This pen pal of mine was my father. A Navy man.

I still have those letters. I reread them every so often and relive that sweet time. I felt ever so close to my father during that time. I anticipated his letters every month and was very excited when one arrived. I’d crawl onto my bed and for a moment get lost in his words.

The written word is not so prominent these days with email and texting being a faster choice in communicating. However, a simple letter or card sent through the post office is still a welcome blessing to the recipient. It says so much when someone takes the time to hand write a letter or card. Who doesn’t get excited when they receive a handwritten note just for them?

Now I’m not knocking emailing or texting as a good way to communicate but a handwritten letter takes on a more personal touch. Stationary is selected that is perfect for the message being written. The writing instrument chosen is usually something that glides smoothly across the stationary. Then, there is the opportunity to use your handwriting ability that was learned in school. Why waste such a valuable learned skill? Put it to use and write a letter, right? Practice will keep it in shape. Plus, I believe a handwritten letter makes us be more purposeful with our words. Thought goes into it.

Lastly, this can be a wonderful ministry unto glory of God. It’s a way to show you care about what is going on in another’s life. Whether its a celebration like a birthday, job promotion or anniversary or a time of concern like a death or health issue, a handwritten letter will be a JOY to the one receiving it. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

I recently joined a group of ladies in a writing adventure. Every week we write encouraging letters or cards for someone to receive via snail mail. It has been fun reading how this effects them in such a positive way. The excitement of getting a handwritten note is a huge boost to the heart and soul. If you have let this art of the handwritten letter wane in your life, I hope you will find inspiration today to make it a new habit and bless another.

When was the last time you received a handwritten note/card in the mail? When did you last write one?

 

SiggyJuly

 

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The Example of Tychicus

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Do you know who Tychicus (pronounced Tic-ah-kiss) was? He was an amazing servant of God. Well, I had the JOY of  “meeting”  Tychicus this past weekend. He really encouraged my heart in how he served the Lord, humbly and willingly. Meet Tychicus friends.

Tychicus, an Ephesian, was a friend of the apostle Paul. He worked alongside Paul spreading gospel encouragement. He is first introduced in Acts 20 when he went ahead of Paul along with others to Troas. It may have been to announce the arrival of Paul. Nonetheless, he was a close companion of Paul’s as he went about ministering and encouraging fellow brethren in the gospel. (We’ll learn about that in a minute.) When I looked up more on his name, I learned it is from the Greek Tychikos, which means chance or fortuitous. Fortuitous means fortunate. If you ask me, his name is perfect for him in that he was very fortunate to have known and traveled with Paul to reach others for the gospel. He was also fortunate to be called to such a task by the Lord.

We meet up with Tychicus again in Ephesians 6:21, where he is sent by Paul, who was imprisoned for the gospel, to encourage the Ephesians in their faith. He was also sent to inform them personally about how and what Paul was doing. In this verse, Paul referred to Tychicus as a “beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord.”  Paul must have adored him greatly to offer such wonderful words to describe him. Beloved means esteemed, dear, worthy of love. Paul esteemed him as a brother, a beloved brother. Paul also called Tychicus a faithful minister in the Lord. So Tychicus faithfully ministered doing the Lord’s work. Paul must have not have only loved Tychicus dearly but also the fellow brethen in Ephesus to send such a precious friend away from him to encourage them. Remember Paul was in prison at this time and most likely was blessed by Tychicus’ presence yet Paul needed to send his precious friend to those who needed him more…to be informed of what is going on with them personally and to be encouraged.

Again in Colossians 4:7, Paul referred to Tychicus as a “beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” We see two common titles we just discussed, however, Paul gives Tychicus another title: fellow servant in the Lord. He serves the same one and true God as Paul. They are colleagues with the same mission: to encourage others in their walk with the Lord and make the gospel known. What a comfort to the Colossians it must have been to know how loved and cared for they were by Paul and those who ministered with him?

Knowing how close he was to Paul, he most likely witnessed  much of what Paul endured in his ministry. Obviously, no matter the circumstances, he stuck with Paul and faithfully ministered by his side. I think we can even say he served Paul as well. Tychicus is only mentioned a few times but his story ministers greatly. He was a like a “behind the scenes” kind of servant. As Paul was known, Tychicus was not known yet he served faithfully and ministered well. Paul confirms this when describing Tychicus. You know for most celebrities (not necessarily referring to Paul as celebrity), there are many people who support them in what they do and we don’t know who they are. I kind of see Tychicus like that. He was serving the Lord and doing what was asked of him by Paul yet he is only mentioned a few times in the Bible. We never learn much about his personal life or how he became a minister of the gospel. What we read is just enough to show us his heart and love for the Lord.  Do we need to know more really? Although we only know him briefly through a few verses, God knew him well and wanted him remembered in the Word for us to know, too.

So, how does Tychicus’ example apply to us? Sometimes in life we are called to serve and love with only the Lord knowing the details. He is the only one who will see what we do for others and for the gospel. We become like Tychicus, the workers behind the scene yet faithful to our calling. His story demonstrates how we should be: encouragers to the fellow believer and faithful ministers of the gospel whether it is outwardly known or not. We are called to be ministers of the Word through our words, actions and heart. As Paul spoke to the Ephesians, he tells them “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …” (chapter 4, verses 1-5) I never knew about Tychicus, his support of Paul and the ministry of the gospel. I never knew about his humble, faithful service to encourage others. I never knew about his love for the Lord and the gospel. However, I am glad I “met” him. The Word of God is perfect and so the mentioning of Tychicus by Paul is for our benefit and blessing.

Are you like Tychicus serving behind the scenes to bring the gospel to light? Remember God sees all your efforts and your heart. Embrace the JOY of living and serving for Him. Let Him say of you, “Well done, good and faithful servant”  even if no one else does. (Matthew 25:21)

 

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