Good Friday for us…

The Taking down from the Cross

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 andevery tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I don’t claim to be anything but a flawed human being with my own struggles against my fallen nature. Good Friday is more than an opportunity to make ourselves feel guilty and miserable because of our fallen nature and the sins and issues we struggle with.

Good Friday is another opportunity to look at the example of the man Christ Jesus who on this day culminated the sacrifice He had been making since His incarnation. He gave up His glory to become one of us. He gave up His time and energy to heal our diseases and teach us the truth. He gave up His life to promise us a share in Himself and ultimate freedom from our fallen nature and the struggles attendant with it.

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