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“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.”― C. S. Lewis
Today is the original ‘Black Friday,’ the day they crucified my Lord. Swiss Theologian and Catholic priest Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote, “It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” Every Christian enjoys the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, and yet there can be no Sunday until we come face to face with Jesus’ death on that cross. Isaiah prophesied the full extent of what was to happen. “He was despised and avoided by others; a man who suffered, who knew sickness well. Like someone from whom people hid their faces, he was despised, and we didn’t think about him. It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented. He was pierced because of our rebellions and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds, we are healed.” (Isa 53:3-5 CEB)
It’s Friday, and I feel like I have lost a friend, but Sundays coming!