Friday, March 21, 2008

Blessed Good Friday!

Today is Good Friday. The day that Jesus was crucified on the cross and died for our sins.

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I thought that my children and I will do something different, rather than the normal homeschooling which we do everyday. How about watching the show The Passion of The Christ, DVD together? I have not watch it since it was screened in the cinema in Malaysia... That could have easily been 4 years ago. Joel has seen it but not Ethaniel.

Joel was reluctant to watch it because he remembered how sad it was.... I told him that its not whether he liked the show or not but rather to remember what Jesus has done for us. So, at last he agreed to watch it.

When I first watched the show, 4 years ago (I think), it was a life transforming experience. I never took Communion without remembering what Jesus had to go through for me, vividly. And how easy I have it.. . The price was paid, not by me but by HIM. Its free for me because He paid the "bill". Its was very difficult to watch what Jesus went through in the descriptive movie but I am sure its even MORE DIFFICULT for him to EXPERIENCE the pain and shame.

Joel, Ethaniel and I was in tears. Ethaniel was crying and had to reach out for a towel, the tissue was not enough for him. Joel was covering his face at certain scenes. You can't watch the movie without crying. It's just impossible. Why? Because He did it for ME. He had to go through those painful, bloody and shameful moments, for ME. Some of us can't even wash plates for someone we love, not to mention DIE and... SUFFER, while at it. BADLY.

Do I wish for Jesus to go through the crucifixion again and again? Of course, NO! What a silly question. Duh? But according to Romans 6, if we continue to sin, we are crucifying Jesus all over again.. and again... Because when we Jesus died for us on the cross, sin has no power over us.

Romans 6

1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7For he that is dead is freed from sin.

8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have a Blessed Good Friday and a meaningful time pondering on the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ!


Angela said...

I hope you had a wonderful Easter.
I watched that movie once and my husband had to pause the movie 100 times to read the subtitles to me. I couldn't get it in english and because I am blind and can't see the screen I wouldn't have gotten anything out of it.

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