Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday, April 2nd

It’s Good Friday. Have you been transformed yet in our Lenten journey of transformation together?

Not yet?

Well, here’s a thought . . .

Good Friday provides one of the most remarkable examples of God’s power of transformation ever seen – the cross.

In a culture where the cross was a cruel, crude, feared method of execution, Jesus turned it into a symbol of love, hope, salvation and victory.

Writing about the significance of Christ’s dying on the cross, Luke Timothy Johnson, a professor at Emory University, writes, “God’s wisdom and power is revealed through foolishness and powerlessness, so that the power can be seen as God’s and not as human.” Did you catch that? God uses the foolish and the powerless to reveal his wisdom and power? Sounds like he’s talking about God using you and me.
The cross would never be seen the same way again. Neither are we when we allow ourselves to be transformed today by the living Christ.
That seems to be what Paul is getting at when he writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he (or she!) is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Ed Klodt

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