Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Once upon a time...

There was a powerful kingdom. It was rich in natural resources and beauty. Its people were peaceful and prosperous. Then evil came. Death ruled unchallenged in the land. Despair, disbelief and doubt enslaved the people of the once magnificent realm. The power of Death was final. None in all of the vast kingdom could stand up to it.

A familiar fairy tale...In the world of fairy tales, good always wins.

However, in our world, the power of Death is invincible.

Jesus of Nazareth walked on earth 2,000 years ago, speaking of the Kingdom of God, of the love of God the Father and of life and freedom. He was the friend of sinners, outcasts, marginalized, poor and weak. He said that was the heart of God. Jesus was good.

Then He was crucified. Politicians, religious leaders and the masses banded together and demanded His execution. The Devil was on their side. "Crucify Him!"

So He was arrested, scourged, crucified, dead and buried.

It's Good Friday, commemorating the death of Jesus, who His followers thought was the Messiah, the Christ, the Promised One, the Savior.