Good Friday Communion
1 Peter 3:18
James Merritt said, ''Normally people are remembered for what they accomplished during their lives - the things they did to make a difference-good or bad - in the lives of others. We know George Washington was the first president of the United States and was a famous general in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Electricity. Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.''
There are thousands of names we could mention from history or even today who are known for their accomplishments, their talents, their gifts and what they did in this life. As we have today to Good Friday I want us to be reminded that the most significant thing Jesus accomplished was accomplished with His death.
It has been 2,000 years since Jesus left his earth physically and the centerpiece of our faith, and what has become a symbol of our faith, is not a cradle or a crown but a cross, an instrument of the cruelest form of execution known to man. It was so brutal and barbaric that it was abandoned over 1500 years ago.
Today we remember that Jesus came to die.
The great preacher, Dr. R. G. Lee, put it like this: ''His death prearranged, prophesied, and provided by God, was no afterthought. Jesus was born with the shadow of the cross upon him. With the shadow of the cross upon his heart, he learned to walk, he learned to talk, and he learned to work. From his earliest moment upon this earth it was his burden by day, his pallet/bed by night.''
Jesus came to die but I want us to ask the question, ''Why did Jesus die? Why would we say that His death was His greatest accomplishment?'' To answer that question I want us to turn our attention to one verse, 1 Peter 3.18.
1 Peter 3.18 - For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the s ...
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