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It’s Friday… But Sunday’s  Coming!

No matter what you are facing… Sunday’s Coming

Jesus crucifixion is one of betrayal. Denial. Cowardice. Envy. Hate. Brutality. Suffering. Despair. Defeat. Death.

Yet, Christians celebrate the cross because the story does not end on that fateful Friday. It does not end at the cross. The irony of the cross was the very instrument Jesus’ enemies used to defeat Him became His greatest victory. Little did they know when Friday ended what would happen on Sunday to change the course of the world’s history.

And so in the spirit of this theme, I want to share a part of that famous sermon by Lockridge. As you read this, just remember that regardless of what today brings. Regardless of today’s problems. Challenges. Or defeats. Just remember that Sunday’s coming! And that you will enjoy the privilege of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Communing with Him and fellow saints. And beginning a new week with renewed vision, vigor and vitality.

I know it’s Friday. But thanks be to God that Sunday’s coming!

It’s Friday. Jesus is praying. Peter’s a sleeping.
Judas is betraying. But Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. Pilate’s struggling. The council is conspiring.
The crowd is vilifying. They don’t even know that Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The disciples are running Like sheep without a shepherd.
Mary’s crying. Peter is denying. But they don’t know that Sunday’s a comin’.

It’s Friday. The Romans beat my Jesus. They robe him in scarlet.
They crown him with thorns. But they don’t know that Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. See Jesus walking to Calvary.
His blood dripping. His body stumbling. And his spirit’s burdened.
But you see, it’s only Friday. Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The world’s winning. People are sinning. And evil’s grinning.

It’s Friday. The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands to the cross.
They nail my Savior’s feet to the cross.
And then they raise him up Next to criminals.

It’s Friday. But let me tell you something, Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The disciples are questioning. What has happened to their King.
And the Pharisees are celebrating that their scheming has been achieved.
But they don’t know It’s only Friday. Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. He’s hanging on the cross. Feeling forsaken by his Father.
Left alone and dying. Can nobody save him?
Ooooh It’s Friday. But Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The earth trembles. The sky grows dark.
My King yields his spirit.

It’s Friday. Hope is lost. Death has won.
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’.

It’s Friday. Jesus is buried. A soldier stands guard.
And a rock is rolled into place. But it’s Friday.
It is only Friday. Sunday is a comin’!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

–The voice for Sunday’s Comin’ is Pastor John L. Jefferson.

–The video was purchased from http://www.ignitermedia.com.

Are you ready? Are you ready?
The Good News is, it’s Friday, but... SUNDAY’S COMING!

No matter what you are facing… Sunday’s a Coming!
I’m glad that I am connected to the Lord!

It is Good Friday and Easter Sunday is coming!

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Vinerea patimilor

Ultimele cuvinte ale oamenilor sunt relevante. Ale lui Isus sunt mai mult decât relevante, sunt revelatoare. Pe cruce Isus a rostit șapte cuvinte ce au fost înregistrate de evangheliști, cuvinte cari se cuvine să fie auzite de toți oamenii.


Tată iartă-i, căci nu știu ce fac!

Măreția lui Mesia este surprinsă de Isaia în observația că s-a rugat pentru cei vinovați. Ce arată această rugăciune scurtă? 1. Că Isus a fost conștient de misiunea Sa. 2. Că nu există păcat care nu poate fi iertat. 3. Că Isus era conștient de cea mai mare trebuință a noastră. 4. Că prin rugăciune putem înfăptui lucruri și atunci când mâinile și picioarele nu ne mai sunt de nici un ajutor.

Astăzi vei fi cu Mine-n rai!

Isus manifestă prerogativele Sale de mântuitor pentru cei care cred în El și în jertfa Sa. 1. El oferă mântuirea. 2. El o oferă în dar. 3. O oferă într-un moment. 4. O oferă dând certitudine și siguranță. 5. O oferă întrecând toate așteptările noastre.

A zis mamei sale: „Femeie, iată fiul tău!” și ucenicului: Iată mama ta!

Vedem pe omul perfect că își onorează părinții. El ne cere să ne tratăm unii pe alții ca membri ai aceleiași familii. O numește pe Maria: „Femeie” și nu „Mamă” ca să ne arate că ea nu este răscumpărătoarea noastră, ci o ființă răscumpărată în același fel ca noi.

Eli, Eli, lama sabactani

Strigătul tradus cu Dumnezeul meu, Dumnezeul meu, pentru ce m-ai părăsit? reprezintă culmea suferințelor lui Isus pentru păcatele noastre. Fiul suferă plata păcatelor fiind despărțit de Dumnezeu! Despărțirea de Dumnezeu nu a fost o impresie, ci o realitate cerută de plata păcatului.

Mi-e sete!

Ne arată natura umană a Mântuitorului. Ne demonstrează intensitatea suferințelor lui. Ne comunică faptul că Fiul suferea mânia lui Dumnezeu. Ne amintește de grija lui de a împlini Scripturile chiar și atunci când era în chinul morții.

S-a isprăvit! (în sensul de terminare și perfecționare)

S-a sfârșit suferința în trup a Mântuitorului. Păcatul a fost ispășit. Opera mântuirii a fost dusă la perfecțiune. Victoria a fost câștigată.

Tată, în mâinile Tale Îmi încredințez duhul!

Isus știe că nu mâinile păcătoșilor au decizia și autoritatea finală, ci mâinile lui Dumnezeu. El își dă viața de bună voie. Își exprimă totala dependență de Dumnezeu. Ne arată locul unde trebuie să ne plasăm pentru a fi în securitate.

Reposted from Radoi Nicolae on http://radoinicolae.blogspot.com/2017/04/vinerea-patimilor.html

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

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FORGIVING OTHERS

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
– Luke 23:34

AS JESUS FORGAVE OTHERS (INCLUDING US), WE SHOULD EXTEND FORGIVENESS TO THOSE WHO WRONG US.

Jesus had a forgiving heart right up to the end, even after He had experienced a lifetime of mankind’s worst treatment. He came down to a world He had created, but that world rebuffed Him. Its inhabitants’ eyes were blinded by sin, and they could not see any beauty in Jesus. Almost immediately after His humble birth in a stable, King Herod sought to have Him killed (Matt. 2:13, 16-18). And the Jewish leaders on various occasions contested Christ’s teachings and looked for opportunities to seize Him and kill Him.

The cross was just the culmination of a lifetime of persecution against Jesus. Jesus’ death by crucifixion was one of the most humiliating, painful forms of execution the world has ever known. From a human perspective, we would have expected Him to plead with God the Father for mercy or to be enraged at God and denounce Him for allowing Him to be crucified. If we had written the original script for Jesus’ crucifixion scene, we probably would have had Him screaming threats of retaliation at His killers. But our Savior did none of those things. Instead, He asked His Father to forgive His enemies.

The Lord Jesus prayed for the most important need His executioners would ever have. They would never be able to enter the presence of a holy God if their sins were not forgiven. Christ was concerned that His opponents, who were ignorantly putting Him to death, have an opportunity to be forgiven rather than endure God’s vengeance.

Such an attitude of love and mercy should also be ours. We, unlike Jesus, are sinners ourselves who need constant forgiveness. Therefore, when we are wronged, our primary concern ought to be that God would forgive the one who has sinned against us. An excellent model of this attitude is Stephen, who prayed as he was being stoned to death, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:60). He followed Christ’s own example of love and forgiveness, and so should we.

Suggestions for Prayer:
Pray that you may have a more consistently forgiving attitude toward others who wrong or offend you.

For Further Study:
Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is implied in Jesus’ figurative expression “seventy times seven” (v. 22) regarding forgiving others? Ultimately, how much does it matter that we maintain a forgiving attitude (vv. 32-35)?

http://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today

 

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