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A Contemplative Exercise for Good Friday

Today—Good Friday—Christ’s followers acknowledge His crucifixion. Here are a few Scriptures that tell us what He accomplished on our behalf when He suffered and died on our behalf.

Easter -- Romans 5-8

Read these verses slowly, and make a list of every benefit you’ve received through His death. Make it personal. May their truth fill us with gratitude and give us an overwhelming desire to live fully surrendered in response to what He’s done for us.

If you think of me this weekend, would you pray for safe travels as I fly to Budapest tonight and then drive into Romania on Sunday? Thank you in advance, friends.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right. (Titus 2:11-14 NLT)

But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon u s because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life. These things I have told you are all true, I want you to insist on them so that everyone who trusts in God will be careful to do good deeds all the time. These things are good and beneficial for everyone. (Titus 3:4-8 NLT)

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (Romans 5:1-2 NLT)

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered form eternal punishment by his life,. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends with God. (Romans 5:6-11 NLT)

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3 Responses to “A Contemplative Exercise for Good Friday”

  1. Marge Bennett

    Romans 5:8 is an awesome scripture message to us.

    Yes, Grace, I will pray for you!

    Happy Easter time; Resurrection Sunday! however you say it at your house.
    Jesus is Alive and well and seated at the Throne of Grace, ever-interceding for all mankind. He is not slow as some would call it, but he is patient and compassionate, not wanting for even one person to perish, but that all should come to the saving grace of Him, our Lord, Jesus Christ, and inherit Eternal Life in God’s Kingdom. Bless his Name.

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  2. Grace Fox

    Happy Easter to you too, Marge. Indeed–Jesus is alive and well. And because He’s alive, so are we. Fully alive here and in eternity. Praise God for the hope that’s ours thanks to what He has done.

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