Touché Good Friday 2016
Posted on March 25, 2016 by under Touché,

Three Days that Changed (Change) the World

“After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11)

At the center of our church is a cross.  The story of our salvation is shaped in suffering.  The Savior of the world is a suffering servant.  These truths shaped three days that changed the world; they are the same truths that change our world.

As bombs blow apart Belgium and we want to load up more bombs to blow up bombers, we recognize that the way of the world is not working.  The way of the cross is the only hope we have for salvation in our world.  Our natural tendency is to lash out at evil with everything we have. The way of the cross is to absorb evil and overcome it with good.  It is hard to even say this in light of a world blown apart, but the Gospel is our only way through this mess.

 

The early Christians changed the world because they believed that death had lost its sting. They had already died in Christ and had been born again in him. They could go into places of the plague and not fear for they had overcome death.  They could be killed for their faith and not fear because Christ is risen.  These early believers changed the world.

Terrorists are changing our world today.  They want us to live in fear and trembling of the power they have, but what really changes this world is to live with the power of love and believe evil is overcome with good.  The Gospel begins with the angels saying: “Do not be afraid: for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all people.  For to you this day is born a savior who is Christ the Lord.”  At the beginning of the story we had no idea good news and great joy would lead that savior to the cross, but the story ends with Jesus saying “do not be afraid” as the women are leaving the tomb with fear and great joy.

This year, more so than many years, we may come to Easter with fear for what the future holds. The gospel invites us again to the deeper truth that changed the world almost two thousand years ago and changes the world today.  The power of life is stronger than the power of death.  The power of love is stronger than the power of hate.  The power of good overcomes evil. That power raised Christ from the dead and is alive in us.  Do not be afraid: I bring you good news of great joy for all people. Christ the Lord is risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

In Joy,

Taylor