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This Is Why He Came and Died

Reflections for Good Friday  INSPIRED

By: Chuck Colson (Breakpoint)

“Can it really be just three months ago we gathered with loved ones to celebrate Christmas? What joy we felt as we celebrated the birth of the baby Jesus… Emmanuel-“God with us”.

But today, on Good Friday, we reflect on how that beautiful babe in the manger came to fulfill a mission. A terrible and glorious mission! God invaded planet Earth. He became a human child, to live as one of us, to call us to repent, to love God with our whole heart, minds, and souls, and our neighbors as ourselves.

And today we should tremble and shudder as we remember the horrible climax of His mission.

Beaten, scourged, mocked, and stabbed, Jesus mounted the cross, receiving the just punishment for your sins… For my sins; for the sins of the world.

This is why He came and died.

Yes, Easter is coming, and there is, indeed, light is at the end of the tunnel! But that’s days away. Today, let’s stop, and reflect on why He came and died.

He came because He knew that mankind was lost. He knew that we would kill our own babies in the womb by the millions. And that many would call this horrible evil “good”.

This is why He came and died.

He knew that hatred would drive men and women to strap bombs to themselves to kill innocent people in the name of religion.

This is why He came and died.

He knew that man would deny that God was his creator. That man would seek to remake himself in his own image, tamper with the genetic code, and treat human life as mere test-tube material.

This is why He came and died.

And He knew that His own bride, the Church, would grow cold and distant, forgetful of the faith given once for all; comfortable with the world and its ways; seeking relevance instead of love, pleasure instead of holiness.

This is why He came and died.

And He knew that you and I, covered with sin, could never stand before God, our all-holy Father, without His supreme sacrifice.

So today, don’t look ahead to Easter. Instead, reflect on the Passion. Let us examine our lives, and repent! Truly repent of our sins… of our coldness of heart… and crippling tendencies.

Ask God to grant you the desire to serve Him, with all your strength.

And then, please, ask God for a spirit of repentance and revival to sweep down upon the Church—and upon the nations of the world. It is our only hope in these murky times.
The world is filled with suffering people and the question is so often asked, if God is a God of love, why does he allow such sorrow, suffering and sadness to happen?

I believe God still weeps over the suffering of mankind-whether our suffering is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, the latter of which (unless resolved) ultimately causes the greatest long-term suffering of all. God especially grieves over the spiritual lost-ness of mankind. This is because our sinfulness has caused eternal separation from God and all that is loving and kind.

We are reminded of God’s undying concern and eternal love for us every Easter season when we remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.

We speak so often about Christianity being not just a relationship with Jesus, but an all-encompassing worldview—a way to see and understand all reality. But the Christian worldview is brought into focus only by the cross.

Indeed, if the joy of Christmas and the glory of Easter are the light by which we see all reality, then the cross, “Good Friday”, is the lens through which we see it.

May God bless you ALL on this dreadful, amazing day!

Charles Colson-Former White House Counsel: Charles “Chuck” Wendell Colson was a Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973, and later a noted Evangelical Christian leader and cultural commentator. He was a writer for Breakpoint publication, where this article first appear. INSPIRED, was granted permission to republish.


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