Not So Good Friday

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1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
 
When you think of the suffering of Jesus, doesn’t it make you cringe?  If you’re like me, when I watched the Passion of the Christ it turned my stomach.  It’s gross, sickening, too ugly to watch. 
 
All over the world today people are thinking about this moment in history when Jesus suffered to give life to those that didn’t deserve it.  He took our punishment of death. Most of us understand this part of the good news that Jesus has for us.
 
However, have you stopped to look at the grossness, the ugliness, the pain and then identify with it?   It took me years for it to finally hit me.  That’s what my sin is and does.  It’s awful, it’s gross, it destroys myself and others.  That’s actually me up there.
 
We try to deny the effect of sin, but Jesus revealed it. You can’t really embrace how great God’s love is until you admit how great your sin is.  Sister Faustina said it this way “The knowledge of my misery frees me to know the immensity of your mercy”

Jesus let me share the immensity of your mercy.

Consider your sin today, Consider Jesus’ suffering today, Consider His mercy today
 
-Pastor Nelz