The day he went to the cross for us. It is no ordinary day. It is the day we saw the depth of God’s love for the world and the strength of Christ’s faithfulness on our behalf. You know the story, but I invite you to read again one of the Gospel stories:John 19, Luke 23, Mark 15, and Matthew 27.
Hebrews 10confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh),
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
Therefore, my friends, since we have
and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Forgiveness has already been offered to us. We tend to forget that as we approach today. Our sins were forgiven on the cross, conquered by the death of our Savior. Our job is to receive it and let it give us confidence to be real before our God. Scripture tells us to approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith. This true heart, full assurance and confidence in forgiveness and mercy, should give us the ability to come before the cross with humility and gratefulness. Yes, we still fall short, we struggle with sin and fail at loving God and others with our full hearts. We know how often our human love fails in this world. But we come again to this cross and claim the love offered to us through the faithfulness of Christ.
We say at a baptism, that God is forever faithful to the covenant made with us through water and spirit. We are God’s beloved children, and nothing can separate us from such a love. No matter how far we run or try to walk away from the promise, God is always faithful. Eveninsuring that our sin would not keep us away. Through Christ, this covenant is written on our minds and hearts, he remembers our sins no more. That’s how love wins.
Tonight, we will hear a song by Steven Curtis Chapman by the same title. Told from the perspective of the thief who is promised by Christ a place in paradise, the words tell the story of our Lenten theme. May these words be our prayer tonight as we sit and wait for the Son to rise again.
This is how love wins every single time
Climbing high upon a tree where someone else should die
This is how love heals the deepest part of you
Letting himself bleed into the middle of your wounds
This is what love says standing at the door
You don’t have to be who you’ve been before
Silenced by his voice death can’t speak again
This is how love wins
We hope you’ll join us for our Good Friday worship services at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary this evening.