Watchword for Good Friday — For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
Friday, April 10
Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. Psalm 112:1
On this Good Friday we are reminded, by our watchword, of the bliss of those who fear God. Indeed there is great bliss to us as we reflect on how much God has done for us. In consideration of our risk of perishing, given our sinful nature, he gave his son, Jesus Christ to pay our penalty of death. This he did on the cross of Calvary on this Day of Crucifixion. Thus he secured our salvation, redeeming us from the grip of the enemy and the jaws of damnation. Now we can find forgiveness in him and reconciliation with the Father. Hence, there is much for which we ought to be glad and rejoice. Join, then, with the hymn-writer in saying:
Rejoice and be glad! For the blood hath been shed
Redemption is finished; the price has been paid.
Rejoice and be glad! Now the pardon if free;
The Lamb that was slain now liveth again.
(CMP # 459)
Today, happy indeed are those who fear the Lord!
We rejoice today, O Lord, that who thought of us, above all, and so salvation and eternal life are ours for the taking. Thank you, Lord. Amen