Trevin Wax: My Jesus – Dead

April 3, 2015

Trevin Wax has written an amazing poem /meditation for Good Friday.  I’m reproducing the whole entry here.  Thanks Trevin for such profound words. (I’ve also tagged this under Holy Saturday, since it makes a good Holy Saturday reflection as well.)

CarracciAnnibale-The-dead-Christ-c.1582-Stuttgart-Staatsga

Art Credit: Carracci,Annibale The dead Christ c 1582, Stuttgart Staatsga

And Jesus called out with a loud voice,
“Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.”
Saying this, He breathed His last. 
(Luke 23:46)

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He is dead: this man from Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord of the world.

With His dying breaths, He spoke words of forgiveness, finality, and faith.

But now the breathing has ceased, and the lungs that exhaled forgiveness are deflated. My Jesus – dead.

The eyes that looked at the crowds with compassion are closed. My Jesus – dead.

The arms that reached out to the unworthy are lifeless. My Jesus – dead.

The hands that touched the leper are driven through with spikes. My Jesus – dead.

The ears that heard the cries of blind men are deaf. My Jesus – dead.

The lips that that told news of a kingdom are stilled. My Jesus – dead.

The voice that calmed the seas is silent. My Jesus – dead.

The feet that walked on water are stopped. My Jesus – dead.

The heart that bled for sinful humanity no longer beats. My Jesus – dead.

The Bread from heaven, broken on earth.

The Light of the world, in the shadow of death.

The Vine that bears fruit, withered and fallen.

The Gateway to God, now sealed in a tomb.

The Shepherd of souls, struck down by the sheep.

The resurrection and life, a crucified corpse.

My Jesus – dead.

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He loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)


DEAD! The Author of Life lies in a tomb….

April 18, 2014
The Passion, detail.  Hans Holbein the younger.  From Web Gallery of Art.

The Passion, detail. Hans Holbein the younger. From Web Gallery of Art.

art credit

How incredible.  Jesus, God Himself, the Author of Life, was nailed to a cross and died, and his Body was placed in a tomb.  How can it be?  A devotional reflection from Desiring God in 2013 reminds us how and why it happened.  The blame rests on US!!

Holy Week makes us uncomfortable. There is glorious life and victory to come on Easter Sunday, but to get there we must pass directly through the darkness of Good Friday. We must remember the day when human malice broke barriers and reached levels of previously unmatched atrocity. The Messiah, the King, come to save mankind, was nailed to an accursed tree and left to die.

There is no immunity for such cosmic treason.

On Good Friday we feel the finger of guilt and culpability rightly shoved into the ribs of humanity:

  • “…this Jesus whom you crucified…” (Acts 2:36)
  • “…you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life…” (Acts 3:14–15)
  • “…whom you killed by hanging him on a tree…” (Acts 5:30)

 

Think on that fact for the next 24 hours….

art credit: (clicking on the image below will give you a larger version)

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, Hans Holbein the Younger, from the Web Gallery of Art.

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, Hans Holbein the Younger, from the Web Gallery of Art.

 


Updated Compilation of Good Friday Devotionals, Prayers, Quotes…

March 28, 2014

I’ve updated our  Compilation of Good Friday Quotes, Poems, Hymns & Prayers

which I first put together early in Lent 2012.  It now contains links to all our Good Friday posts from 2006 – 2013.  Lots of great devotionals, music, art, poetry, prayers…

All our Good Friday entries can be found here.

All our Holy Week entries are here.

 


CRUCIFIED

April 6, 2012

*music links verified and updated 2014*

[a repost of a 2009 entry]

Crucified

art credit:  Matthias Grunewald, The Crucifixion

2 Cor 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Gal 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

1 Pet 2:22-24
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

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Listen: Behold the Wood  (Dan Schutte, from the album Here I Am, iTunes link)

Listen: Prayer before the Cross (John Michael Talbot, from Troubadour of the Great King, 1982. iTunes link)

 

(There should be a playlist above, but sometimes WordPress has been balky with embedded audio.  Should the songs not play correctly, try these links: Behold the Wood; Prayer Before the Cross.  But please respect copyrights and purchase the songs if you plan to keep them.)

 


Good Friday Devotional – Brazen Serpent

April 6, 2012

*Music links updated 2014*

art credit: Anthony vanDyck, the Brazen Serpent

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The blog the King’s English has become a favorite of mine this Lent.  In reding a recent post on The Brazen Serpent, I knew I had to post that at L&B today for Good Friday:

Here’s what Jesus says:

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14-15)

Numbers is our story. We are the faithless grumblers. We too are sick with sin, awaiting death. There’s only one cure – behold the One lifted up. He became the very thing that afflicted us – He became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). And now, what must we do to be saved?

Behold!

That’s it. Just behold. We are simply to “look and live” (Numbers 21:9).

Don’t ignore the snake bites. Don’t try to reason with God. Don’t try to suck out the poison. Don’t offer up some sacrifice of your own devising. Don’t turn to some voodoo spell. Don’t ask Moses to save you. Just look to the One lifted up.

So what is faith?

Faith is not a quality you find within yourself. Faith is looking away from yourself. Faith is not a thing you conjure up. Faith is beholding something else (Someone else!). Faith is looking to Jesus.

Many people say they would like to have faith, or they would like to have more faith. But the answer is not to have “more faith”. It’s to have “more Christ!” When we behold Him, that is faith. Therefore the life of faith, is the life of setting Christ before our eyes and saying to our souls: Behold! Behold the Lamb of God! Behold the Lord of Glory lifted up for you! On the cross, He became our sin, so that we might become His righteousness.

The full entry is here.

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Worship music:

Lift Up the Suffering Symbol, Michael Card, from his 1989 album, The Beginning

(An embedded song and play arrow should show up above, but sometimes WordPress seems to be acting up with audio file embeds. If the song does not show up, or does not play, you can find a YouTube version here.)


Good Friday: Illustrated Devotionals & Prayers from our 2006 Archives

April 6, 2012

I’ve found working archive links for our 2006 series of Good Friday illustrated devotional  entries at our old, now defunct, site.  Rather than take the time to try and recopy them here (which can be a lot of work with formatting, updating links and getting the artwork right), I’m just going for now post the links.

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Here is the link to view all the entries posted on Good Friday in 2006.  The post at the top of the page is a long list of links which probably will not be worth spending time on, but scroll down to see all the illustrated entries grouped together, as they were meant to be viewed in series.

Alternately, here are the links to the individual posts:

GOOD FRIDAY

[Untitled]

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

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Litany of the Passion

Also from our 2006 Good Friday posts:  Sermon for Good Friday

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Note:  I apologize that there are no visible art credits or citations for the paintings.  At our old blog, the details showed up when one rolled one’s mouse over the picture, but that feature is lost in the archive version.  All the pictures came from the amazing Web Gallery of Art, one of the best sites on the internet!


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