Jesus is a force to be reckoned with…
Dear Minster and Friends,
Colossians 2:13-15: “When you were dead in your sins….. God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to a cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
John 19:30: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
This good Friday we come to reflect upon the cross. As we look back 2017 years ago to Jesus journey to the cross, we might be tempted to think of Jesus as a victim; persecuted without cause, shamed, abused and humiliated. We might be tempted to think of Jesus as weak and defenseless. A casualty of political corruption.
This thinking couldn’t be further from the truth.
Jesus was no victim, no casualty of circumstance. Jesus made a choice. He chose the cross. No Jewish leader forced him there, no Roman console, no soldier – Jesus put himself there. Jesus fights a battle that could not be won with swords or armour. The battle for the human heart.
The moment Jesus bows his head and relinquishes his spirit is the moment that he annihilates our true enemies. The enemies that wage war upon the human heart- sin, death and the devil. When Jesus declares “It is finished!” he disarms our enemies of any power; he strips them of their weapons, and brings them into the light exposing them for what they are. Humiliating them and stripping them of any control in our lives.
When Paul writes in Romans that “we are more than conquerers”, he is highlighting this truth. For those who believe in Jesus as their Lord, we are more than conquerors. We are those who enjoy the spoils of victory – freedom, truth, love, hope, joy and ultimately peace with God. Those who enjoy the spoils without having to fight the fight ourselves. Jesus’ victory on the cross is endless.
Join us tomorrow at 10:30am in the tent for a meditation on the cross, followed by a walk and cream tea- bring your own picnic.
Easter Sunday will also start at 10:30am, in the tent, with an Easter trail for the children and donkey rides after the service.