Good Friday

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“But when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

The cross stands as the apex of human history. All of reality in our universe is defined and has ultimate meeting because of what happened on that hillside outside of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

o The cross is the supreme act of sacrifice.
o It is the visible definition and incarnation of love.
o It is where the legal, forensic act takes place whereby the justice of a holy God—which is the essence of His very nature that cannot be denied or ignored—is satisfied.
o The cross is where all the supernatural forces of evil, reveling in false triumph, are defeated. Is is where God in human flesh dies.
o The cross is where an incomprehensible, unexplainable cleavage in the indivisible Trinity occurs.
o The cross breaks the power of sin and death.
o As an instrument of death, it is a gruesome, horrible, excruciating way for any person to die—the epitome of torture.
o It is where all that is broken is made right.
o The cross gives meaning to all suffering and puts it into eternal perspective.
o It is where the curse on creation—psychologically, sociologically, and ecologically – is lifted.
o The cross is a beacon of hope for all who are hurting.
o It is the final arbitrator of right and wrong and the consummate definer of morality.
o The cross is where the Kingdom of God and His rule over all are sealed.
o And it is where eternity is opened for those who are bought and redeemed by the death of Jesus.

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Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
til all the world adore His sacred Name.

O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.
Let every race and every language tell
of him who save our souls from death and hell

For thy blest Cross which doth for all atone
creation’s praises rise before thy throne.
So shall our son of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for the victory.

Refrains from “Lift High the Cross” by George William Kitchen, 1887
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Matthias Grunewald, 1470-1528, a German, was one of the greatest painters of his age and his crucifixion, one of his most outstanding masterpieces.

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