Friday, April 10, 2009

It is Finished

Today is Good Friday. On this day the Church recalls the crucifixion and death of Jesus and His declaration that "It is finished." On the cross he paid in full for all of the sins ever committed and all of the sins yet to be committed. "It is finished" means there is nothing left that we can do to regain God's favor, we already have it in Christ!

St. Augustine - Death has died!

[Jesus] died, but He vanquished death; in Himself He put an end to what we feared; He took it upon Himself and He vanquished it, as a mighty hunter He captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist and now it is dead. O Life, O death of death! Be of good heart; it will die in us, also. What has taken place in our Head will take place in His members; death will die in us also. But when? At the end of the world, at the resurrection of the dead in which we believe and concerning which we do not doubt.

This afternoon I'll be at the Tre Ore Liturgy at Messiah Lutheran Church, this evening at Good Friday Vespers.

"It is finished." John 19:30

One thing I wish we had at Messiah is the Easter Vigil service that some churches have at midnight on Holy Saturday. For the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ we are having Sunrise Matins outside, followed by a pancake breakfast, yum. Then the Divine Service will be celebrated.

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