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April 10, 2020 2:00 am
In this bonus episode, Colonel Eddie Hobgood reminds us why we call it "Good" Friday.
Hi this is Chris Benjamin, the director for the Salvation Army sound. We want to take this opportunity to share some additional messages of encouragement from some of our hosts from shows like 24th of life in a heartbeat.
We just pray that these are an extra blessing to you. If they are a sham with a friend so what's so good about Good Friday. You might ask what the reality is the one for the events of that day, the Lamb of God being sacrifice for our sins, we would have Easter Sunday. The pain-and-suffering of that fateful Friday causes us to rejoice in life on Easter Sunday.
I guess we could even go so far as to say TGIF art thank God it's Friday. Speaking of Friday Maj. Jerry Friday Jerry has been a friend of mine for almost 40 years. We were in Salvation Army training school together and he tells the story of the time he was standing in line at the varsity restaurant in Atlanta waiting to order some food. The lady in front of him was just getting her order when she said to the clerk, could I please have some condemnations with that to which the clerk replied I'm sorry I don't understand lady went on to explain condemnations I like some ketchup and mustard for my hotdog and onion rings.
Clerk Grandy replied all honey you want condiments. That's ketchup and mustard and you get those at the counter over there condemnations you get those a church well.
It's funny you think about just how truthful that statement is far too many people see the church as a place of condemnation instead of a place of hope, especially during these days of covert, 19, there was a real sense of dread fear and condemnation in our world before the events of that first Easter world was indeed under the condemnation of sin and condemnation equates to separation separation from God. In Romans the fifth chapter, we read some words that describe this condition to us and in the fifth chapter of Romans verse 13 we read before the law was given sin was in the world and in verse 14, death reigned from the time of Adam verse 16. The judgment following one sin and brought condemnation, there's that word condemnation verse 18 result of one trespass was condemnation for all people condemnation for all people. We were condemned we were separated from God. But is all hope lost. Thank God it's not in Romans the eighth chapter, verses one through three we read these words. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death for the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.
And so he condemned sin in the flesh out of one of my favorite hymns is and can it be by Charles Wesley. I especially love the words he uses in the song ransom healed, restored, forgiven, as well as the opening line of that last verse.
No condemnation. Now I dread in the eighth chapter of John we read the account of the woman caught in adultery. There is no question that what she was engaging in was wrong and morally unacceptable.
By law, she should have been condemned even put to death. But Jesus turns the situation upside down when he says to the crowd that was ready to kill her. Let the one of you who is without sin throw the first stone is absolute silence is the power of his words sink in. You, who is with out sin.
The reality is there's no one who was sinless or blameless or not condemned already, except Jesus and Jesus words to the woman should give us hope when he says in John chapter 8 verses 10 and 11 woman we are has has no one condemned you the one sir she said the neither do I continue Jesus declared, go now and leave your life of sin. One movie that gets a lot of airtime during the Easter season is been her. There was a remake a few years ago, but it cannot compete with the Charlton Heston version in my opinion, but her as a Jewish nobleman who was falsely accused by his childhood friend masala of an attempted assassination and enslaved by the Romans. While his mother and sister are imprisoned and contracted leprosy. Ben Hur becomes a slave on a galley ship and ends up saving the life of the ship's commander who later adopts him then becomes a soldier and chariot racer seeking revenge for the wrong done to him and his family been participates in a chariot race in which masala is also contested masala is killed in the race, but then realizes that revenge is not the answer. He returns to Jerusalem to try and find his mother and sister because of the leprosy they are outcast. He finds the midterms to take them to a man called Jesus who he is heard can heal them. He hides them in a cave which turns out to be Golgotha and directly underneath the heel. Christ is crucified. When he sees that Jesus has been crucified. He believes that the miracle his family needs is now impossible. He despairs because it seems as though heaven is turned its face away. The sky grows dark, lightning flashes, the earth trembles and convulses.
It seems as if God himself is crying water mingled with precious blood of Christ flows over the side of Golgotha. Ben Hur's mother and sister come out of the cave and as they come in contact with the blood of Jesus. They are healed free from the condemnation of their flesh. When man sees his family whole.
He believes in Jesus's heart which was once filled with hatred and revenge. Spiritual leprosy if you will has been set free is so is no longer condemned William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army wrote these words that salvationist love to see a boundless salvation devotion of love or fullness of mercy Christ brought from above the whole world redeeming so rich and so free now flowing for all, roll over me. Praise the Lord the blood of Jesus has the power to free us from the condemnation of sin and restore our relationship with the father and Ephesians.
The second chapter in the 13th verse we read these incredibly encouraging words. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through applied Christ. TGIF thank God it's Friday. Hallelujah.
Now think for a moment think for a moment about this. The sacrifice is gift that that Christ has given you and me that sets us free from the curse of sin from the condemnation of of the law and think about ways that he has set you free. And then today as we think about those things as we try to enumerate them less. Thank you for the sacrifice that he's made on our behalf on this day that we call Good Friday. Would you pray with me.
Father God we thank you today for your love and your goodness to us, especially the love that we have experienced through your son Jesus Christ or what a sacrifice is made for us. He has paid the price. The penalty for our sin, the condemnation has been lifted from us and we have been set free and so father today, especially as we think about the pain, the agony, the incredible incredible things that that the Christ went through for us, we pause just to once again say thank you and we look forward to Sunday when we can rejoice in his resurrection, knowing that his resurrection gives us life.
So for that we thank thank you for your word. Thank you for your gift. Jesus bless you