Head First: Sunday's Comin'...But It's Friday.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Sunday's Comin'...But It's Friday.

"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor. 1)

I have to be honest. I don't get as excited about Easter as I probably should.

Easter is a great day and all, and I don't mean to sound like a complete heretic, but Sunday just doesn't impress me so much. I mean, yes, He arose, roll away the stone, power over death, yes, yes, yes. But of course He arose. Of course God raised Him from the dead. He's God, for, uh, Pete's sake! Is it really that much of a trick? Don't get me wrong. I understand what the resurrection represents and it's awesome, and I'm grateful, and I don't want to diminish it. But to me, that was the easy part.

Friday was where the rubber met the road. On Friday, I hurt Him. I hurt Him a lot. A hell of a lot. And He took it, alone, abandoned by the people He loved, who He thought loved Him. I get a pain in my chest just trying to think about it.

And it's not as if He sucked it up and turned Himself over to the authorities just once, and then it was out of His hands. His submission to that torture was continual. At any moment, He could have stopped it with a word. Imagine the scourge opening up your back, knowing another blow was coming, knowing you could stop it. Imagine having the will to take it.
"...his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
and his form marred beyond human likeness..."(Isaiah 52:14b)

On Friday, the transaction that saved my ass took place. He paid for that thing I did yesterday, and for the thing I'll likely do tomorrow. There was nothing I could offer Him, except more pain. It seems like that's all I'm good for, causing Him pain. But still, He did it.

Foolishness? It's freaking madness! It's love that I can't fathom. It's love of which I can never be worthy. I can never deserve it. Part of me feels guilty for even partaking of it, except, suddenly, that part's clean, too.
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,
My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

--Horatio Spafford


Sunday's coming, I know. But the passage that gives me chills doesn't say, "Worthy is the Lamb that rose..." Today is Friday. Today is the day that leaves me speechless.
"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:

'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!'


Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!'"

(Revelation 5:11-13)

41 comments:

Zeke said...

He is risen.

Kc said...

No greater love.

Powerful post bro.

Bruce Garrison said...

Hey Dorsey,

Great post. Check out my own post for the this morning, written before I checked out yours I might add. I sometimes wonder exactly how we were separated at birth. Have you any theories?

Society's Elite said...

Dorse...

Nothing to add. That was awesome. Gives me chills thinking of what He did for us.

BruceD said...

I tend to think more about WHY he did it, than what he did.

We can offer no greater sacrifice. We can offer no greater love. We can offer no greater forgiveness.

He did it all... for us. He showed us, once and forever, that he loves us more than he loves life itself.

Danielle said...

Amazing that Christ chose to save our butts. What are we? Who are we? Such incredible power in His surrender. Nice post. Friday is THE DAY...ironic that we call it Good Friday. We humans are weird, are we not?

jeff said...

powerful! the mental and physical anguish is amazing.

still, no other 'god' ever rose again, so that's still pretty cool...

ultiately, i agree with bruced. the real deal is not just the 'what' but the 'why'. His total love for us is the epitome of his perfection.

Herobill said...

Unless a grain of wheat shall fall into the earth and die...

It remains alone.

Luke Britt said...

The resurrection is the center of all Christianity.

dorsey said...

Gee, ya think?

ninjanun said...

It's weird; so many churches I know don't have any kind of service on Friday to commemorate (or whatever) Christ's sacrifice on the cross. But come Sunday, all I usually hear about is the Cross this, and the Cross that, and Christ died for your sins, and you should feel guilty, and think of the pain...etc. And that has its place on Good Friday. But Dude, on Easter Sunday, I want to hear about how He conquered death and the grave, how The Kingdom is HERE, how the glorious inbreaking of God's goodness overcomes ALL evil, how Good triumps over evil, and will ultimately triumph over evil on the last day.

So many churches are stuck at the death on the cross, not living in the Power of the Resurrection and the glorious freedom we have in Christ, to not be subject to the powers and forces of this dark world.

dorsey said...

Wow, I hope no one thinks I posted this to manipulate feelings of guilt in anyone. If you know me, you know I'm not a guilt kind of guy (much to the dismay of my elders). But I do want to call attention to the pain. Absolutely.

(quick aside):
You know, I couldn't find a church that offered a Good Friday service? There was a community service, but in my town, that's a stations-of-the-cross-preachfest, amounting to little more than a hermeneutical battle of the bands and a chance for local pastors to show off their pet soloists. Ludicrous. God, I hate it.

Anyway, please don't misunderstand my remarks. I don't discount the resurrection, nor do I mean to sound stuck at the cross. But my Easter experience has been different than ninjanun's. In general, my observation has been a rather glossed-over crucifixion, and an Easter morning that shouts, "He is risen! YAY FOR US!"

I'm all for proclaiming the Kingdom, celebrating freedom (who does that more than I?) and a redeemer who conquers all, but on Friday, I think it's time to take a moment and think about the pain, not for the guilt, but to understand the cost of the freedom we celebrate.

Yes, He is risen. Yes, He has triumphed. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain...

Kris said...

You made me feel guilty, you, you.......ok you didn't.

But I will try something on you LOL

I think Jesus was actually crucified on Wednsday not Friday!
How else could He have spent 3 days and nights in the earth?

Caro said...

This year, I looked further into the physical suffering and death of Christ. The more I looked, the more I found my response similar to yours, Dorse. As my courage ends at the sight of MY blood (yours doesn't bother me at all), I know His love exceeds my imaginations.
Kris-Consider the Jewish day is bounded by sunset, death on Fri. and resurrection Sun. make 3 days. The entire time of 72 hours may be our idea, not Scripture's.

Nellie Bellie said...

I read your comment on another site about... "otherwise He couldn’t have married Mary Magdalene, right?" I hope you don't take belief in The Davinci Code. It is not fact and I pray that you don't think so brother.

bob said...

Oh Nellie. Of course the Davinci Code is correct! The signs are all there... the painting, Mary Magdalene seated next to Jesus, the 12 full glasses, the secret society... Its all been proven. The lineage is set.

Personally, I wonder if the book went far enough.

Of course, if you'd read the gospel of Thomas and the gospel of Judas, it would all make more sense to you.

I also suggest renting the Last temptation of Christ and Caddyshack. (not that Caddyshack has much to do with this subject... its just really funny).

JP said...

I have to echo what Luke said.

I understand your post Dorse, it appears that the hard part of the deal was done on Friday, the beatings, the torture, the ridicule, and finally giving His life... pretty strong and moving stuff and a demonstration of love to which nothing can compare.

However, without the ressurection it means absolutely nothing. Nada, Zip. Zilch. It was just a man who didn't shut up when he should have and paid the price for it. Without the resurection Jesus was not Christ, the promises of God were not fulfilled, and our adoption into the family of God could never have happened.

The ressurrection is the be all and end all in God's plan and His purposes, without it, nothing matters.

Nellie Bellie said...

Bob...the signs are also all there for people to turn from God and follow Satan, is that right? No. It is deception. The painting, the book and the movie...deceptive. I pray that if you are a follower of Christ that you believe His word. Not man. If you believe in false teachings, I pray that you turn back to the Word of God.
2 Peter 2:1, Matt. 7:15, 1 John 4:1

dorsey said...

[sigh]

I don't think I even implied that any of those things aren't true. If I did, please show me. The post was my personal reflection on what Jesus did.

The "be all and end all in God's plan" did not happen without the action of a man. Jesus didn't resurrect Himself. That was the power of The Father. Christ's submission to the cross was done in the strength (weakness?) of His humanity. That's why I said the resurrection was the easy part (face it, it was a snap of the finger--and that doesn't take away from it, either). What Jesus did is why His is the Name above every name and why the cry in Revelation is that the Lamb is worthy.

bob said...

The painting, the book and the movie...deceptive.

Really Nellie? Prove it.

Nellie Bellie said...

Bob, I am not going to argue with you, I realize that is not God's way. I suggest that you read the Bible and come to a saving relationship with Christ and then you will know false from true. May God bless you with the truth.

bob said...

Nellie,

I'm not arguing. I just want to see if you really know what you're talking about, or if you're parroting something that was spoon-fed to you on Christian radio or something.

Bottom line: Telling people that they need to read the bible and and get saved isn't necessarily the best way to prove your point.

In my estimation, your non-chalant bible speak is ineffective and potentially offensive.

Wth that being said, I' still wondering why the Davinci Code is so deceiving.

BruceD said...

Nellie... what is the bible to you? Does it communicate a simple message? If so, what is it? Or does it represent a book of rules to live by? If so, are you following those rules perfectly? Or is it something else altogether? I'm curious to know what makes you tick.

Sorry to potentially hijack the thread. Nellie might want to email me instead of posting... bruce@ybmt.org

Nellie Bellie said...

Bob, my point was that when you know the real thing you can spot a fake a mile away. The Davinci Code, Gospel of Judas and Gospel of Thomas all go against God's word in some way shape or form and in turn basically calling God a liar. That was my point, I get the feeling that you are not grounded in his word if you believe false teachings. And yeah, I would say to anyone that they needed a saving relationship with Christ, He is the Savior of man and we all need Him because we are sinners. If that is offensive then you consider Jesus offensive because He laid it out like that. Yes, the Bible does communicate a simple message, we need Jesus because we can't follow God's Law. We can try on our own accord but we fail ever time. There is no one that can say they have followed it, that is why we need a Savior. The Bible is a guide to eternal life not just a book of rules. I hope this clears things up.

BruceD said...

Very clear...

bob said...

Nellie,
In what ways do the DaVinci Code, the Gospel of Judas & the Gospel of Thomas go against the word of God?

I've read the bible from cover to cover. Have you? I've also read the Davinci Code. Have you? Have you actually read the Gospels of Thomas/Judas? Do you really know what they say?

No, my bet is that you're firmly entrenched in your own beliefs, because that's what the preacher told you to believe. And anyting else that he tells you contradicts the bible, is taboo... only because he told you.

So once again, I'd like specific examples as to why these books are deceitful. You said they were. You should be able to prove it.

Nellie Bellie said...

I believe that it isn't my place to "show" you the deceptions of these false teachings. I think you should seek God's word and pray for the answers to be revealed to you. God wants us to inquire about Him. I pray you find truth. Thanks Bob.

bob said...

Ha!! hat's what I thought you'd say.

Nellie. I'm a believer. I put no faith in Davinci or the Thomas/Judas gospels. I just wanted to see how you'd respond to someone who had serious questions regarding your blanket statement condemning these books.

In case you were wondering, you failed miserably.

If you had read te Davinci code, you'd easily be able to explain te whole "bait & switch" that takes place. The only thing that book proves is DaVinci's personal beliefs. Any references to scriptural integrity do not extend beyond theory & conjecture.

Yes, I DO trust God's Word. I believe all te things you say. But I think the manner in which you blindly expect an unbeliever to go digging through the book YOU say is truth, is naive and ineffective.

I'm so glad that Paul when he wrote mostof the new testament didn't say, "Go read the scriptures for yourselves and it'll make sense". No, he explained and answered questions, and took the risk of actually entering conversation with them.

Okay. I've spoken my peace. Sorry to have hijacked the post. I'm done.

Nellie Bellie said...

Wow, what a way to deflated another believer! I am so sorry this discussion has brought out such strife in you and that conversation with others about God isn't like this normally for you. You were attacking and that is why I chose the road I did. I chose not to bring contention, I put you in the Lord's hands since you had read His word cover to cover. I would of explained to you the deceptions, but I was advised to not respond due to your aggressive nature. Please pray for my boldness to discuss and I will pray for your approach.

Kris said...

I'm telling the pope that is seems you are starting your own forum on here! hehehehe

Pablo said...

I just want to express that I'm very sad to have read the response from Bob to Nellie. Bob if you are a true believe in Christ you should be encouraging other believers not tearing them down. While I understand the frustration brought about by believers who can't back up what they say all the time, you must understand that pointing another person to the Word of God is NEVER a failure. Do not be proud in your own understanding or in the fruits of your study. The Lord will drag down the proud. Instead off suggestions and encouragement to someone who you "think" is just a fu fu Christian. Also, pretending to believe in something so you can draw information out of someone is a form of deception. You really need to examine where your heart is and embrace the Lords attitude on deception. Thanks and God Bless. Sorry to jump in on this post being that the original article wasn't about any of this.

BruceD said...

I don't fault Bob, and I don't fault Nellie. They (we) are just doing the best we can with what they know, and where they are.

I can see though, why Bob reacted the way he did. Nellie's typical condescending religious attitude will surely cause more strife than it will bring peace. But, if correction (fixing people) is her thing, I can live with that. Some are called to be peacemakers, others are here to stir the pot.

It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round.

Pablo said...

Bruced:

People love to bring up that quote about judge not lest you be judged, however Jesus Himself told us to judge with righteous judgement. He only warned us not to be hypocrites in our judgement. I believe Nellie's remarks were not specific but were in response to the Bible's recomendation for us to lift up a brother if he is caught up in sin. We (Christians) are called to help our fellow brother's out, and it appeared to her that this brother was believing in false gospels and passing doctrines. As such she was attempting to point him back to the word. For Bob he was "stirring the pot" as you say which we are told not to do. Ephesians warns us not to let anything come out of our mouths that is not uplifting or encouraging. I don't judge whether Bob is a true believer or not, but just warn that deception and contention are tools of our advesary the Devil. We should not be utilizing or playing with them.

BruceD said...

So, Pablo... you possess the one true correct doctrine?

Pablo said...

I am nothing myself but a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and God. I neither claim to possess any unique doctrine of my own nor do I teach such. I simply point people back to the foundation (the Word of God) and hope that they can in turn see God's desire for their behavior or actions. I'm going to leave it at that. Hopefully that clears up my position. I don't want to clog up Dorsey's commentaries with all this, I was just posting a thought.

gredaadt said...

It seems to me that Nellie and Pablo completely missed the point.

Better get back inside your shells where your religion is safe.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that she (Nellie) was trying to point Bob back to the word. Gredaadt...Chritianity is not a religion, religion is organized by man. One day every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord!!!!

Mrs Zeke said...

Dorsey I am coming to this late I know but I feel very much like you do. I can accept the power and offering of the resurrection, but I cannot overlook the suffering I have caused Christ. I wonder how many hits were for me...
Is that dark and gloomy?
I am not sure but I don't wonder because I can change them I wonder so I don't forget cause I don't want to add anymore. I will but I don't want to. I even say sorry and wince at the blow sometimes that He would have got because of me.
He is risen yes and nothing anyone can do will ever pay off the debt. He is risen regardless of anyone's belief in the resurrection.
He is risen despite the massive pain inflicted partly by me.
Its so strange but I believe it.

We are loved

JimmyBob said...

Dude! I get very excited about Easter and ...soberly excited about Good Friday. You know, like in the Chronicles of Narnia, when they were all "relieved" that Aslan would strike a deal with the White Witch to save Edmund. They were excited until they found out that Aslan had to die instead. Then, they weren't happy again until he rose from the dead. So, I kind of feel the same way about Jesus. I'm sad to think that He had to die for me, but excited at the same time. And I'm very excited to celebrate the ressurrection because I'm happy He's alive again! And like someone else mentioned, this means He's not a liar or lunatic or devil, but really the Christ! Any looney could have died...just not for my sins. And NO looney could have risen from the dead. Hallelujah!

JimmyBob said...

Dorse - Glassboro must have really gone down since I left. That community Good Friday service you spoke of used to be wonderful. I gathered the youth of the community together to present a drama of the crucifixion. Remember Ricky B. building the crosses and stuff? Did you help out? Anyway, where I am now, we have a very meaningful service every Good Friday at our church.

Zeke said...

Jesus didn't resurrect Himself. That was the power of The Father.

For what it's worth, though:

"18Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"

19Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."

20The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" 21But the temple he had spoken of was his body."
-John 2:18-21


Interesting, isn't it?