Epistles to the Cyberchurch - Su Min

To: All
From: Su Min
Subject: Good Friday

My dear children,
The biblical truths expounded from the pulpit on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday may be summed up as follows:

  1. the drama of the crucifixion may be viewed in two dimensions: the human dimension and the spiritual dimension.
  2. of the seven last sayings from the cross, perhaps the most significant is "It is finished".
Rev George Wan preached on Good Friday, the Drama of Good Friday. He showed us that while the human activity was in the foreground, there was a more significant cosmic event taking place.

He gave us a clear picture of each of three characters he chose to highlight, Judas, why he chose to betray Jesus, never really understood Jesus: Simon Peter impetuous, self willed, act on own strength. Pontius Pilate serving expediency rather than truth, hypocrisy and cowardice in washing hands. He correctly pointed out that there is a bit of Judas, Peter, Pilate in each of us.

He gave several good examples of evil forces at work: Satan the disembodied spirit seeking human agents to do his worst. In the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, Delilah & Samson, Bathsheba and David, Jezebel & Israel, Steven, Ananias, Elymas, and even today, his son's Joshua's near fatal accident: Within the passion scenario, Satan works through Judas, Pilate, the crowds, the Roman soldiers and even the deserting disciples. Jesus has warned of the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). Paul reminds us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (Eph 6:12).

The good news is that Jesus defeats Satan. 1 John 3:18,

Let me expand a little of this a theme, looking at the players in this passion drama, aware of the powers of good and evil in the background, like a cosmic game of chess, each piece a person with his own free choice of which master to follow, and the cosmic players, God versus the prince of darkness.

Jesus stands unique in this cosmic drama, player and director at the same time. Jesus stands unique in this cosmic game: a pawn subject to cosmic forces, yet a cosmic player in his own right, giving up his heavenly powers to subject his own personal will to that of God.

A review of the passion week events may begin with the anointing at Bethany, that event framed by the plot against Jesus and the betrayal. Already we have the following cast members to study:

In the heavenly realm, the battle was between God and Satan. Jesus, Son of Man (Matt 26:2), The Teacher (Matt 26:18), Lord (Matt 26:22), Rabbai (Matt 26:25), The shepherd (Matt 26:31), The Christ, The Son of God (Matt 26:63), Jesus of Galilee (Matt 26:69), King of the Jews (Matt 27: 11) Jesus who is called Christ (Matt 27:17), King of Israel (Matt 27:42), The Christ, The Son of the Blessed One (Mark 14:61), that Nazarene Jesus (Mk 14:67), Christ of God, the Chosen One (Luke 23:35) Jesus of Nazareth (John 18:5)

An angel comes to minister to Jesus as he prays in Gethsemane (Mk 15:43)

Jesus Christ is Conqueror of death:

Rev Noel Goh preached the sermon on Maudy Thursday, "It is finished."
The Greek work that is documented in the scriptures in John 19:30 is "Teleiosis", is it not? though our Lord must have uttered an Aramaic word as his last saying on the cross: not being a bible language student I can only guess from Strong's concordance #3615, that Jesus might well have said "Kalah", the same word used in Gen 2:1 to describe the completion of creation. Getting a sense of the actual word uttered by the dying Jesus helps move close to him.

Good Friday is good because Jesus has paid the awful price for my redemption.

Let us pray.

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